German Elections: Merkel’s Conservatives Get Their Worst Result Ever
The elections on Sunday marked the end of Angela Merkel's 16 years as German chancellor. Her Christian-Democratic Union (CDU) suffered a historic defeat. The Social Democratic Party (SPD) got the most votes. The Greens and the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) will likely form a new government with one of the two parties. The Left Party DIE LINKE lost half of its voters.
Klasse Gegen KlasseSeptember 27, 2021
Understanding the European Union’s 750 Billion Euro Covid-19 Stimulus Package
The leaders of the European Union just announced a 750 billion euro fund (US$857 billion) for post-Covid "reconstruction." What does the plan involve and who will ultimately pay for it?
IzquierdaDiario.esJuly 23, 2020
Liberals and Conservatives Ally with the Extreme Right in Germany to Unseat a Democratic Socialist
In what is being called a “political earthquake” in Germany, liberal and conservative parties joined forces with a far-right party with ties to neo-fascist organizations during an election in the state of Thuringia. The aftershocks of these events are being felt at the national level, where Angela Merkel’s party is in chaos over its part in the scandal.
Gustavo RoblesFebruary 13, 2020
Global Perspectives: Crisis and Class Struggle
In March, 2018, delegations from 16 different countries met in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the 11th Conference of the Trotskyist Fraction for the Fourth International (FT). This is the fourth and final part of the Document on the International Situation.
Trotskyist Fraction – Fourth InternationalMay 16, 2018
The Established Parties Can’t Stop the Shift to the Right
This Sunday, 61.5 million people in Germany are called on to elect a new parliament. A greater share of the population than ever before, however, lacks the basic democratic right to vote for the Bundestag as Germany's "blood and soil" citizenship laws even exclude people who grew up in the country. In the capital alone, almost half a million adults are denied the right to vote.
Nathaniel FlakinSeptember 23, 2017
VIDEO: Live From the G20 Summit
The anti-G-20 march entitled “Welcome to Hell” was organized by various anti-capitalist groups, leftists and social movements across Europe. They began on Thursday and have continued today, the first day of the G-20 meeting of major world leaders.
Nathaniel FlakinJuly 7, 2017
Refugees: The End of the German Illusion
Trump’s anti-immigrant executive order and refugee ban were harshly condemned by the German Chancellor. Several media outlets present Merkel as the last democratic hope of the West. But how have the refugees who arrived in Germany fared? And what of those who attempted to enter the European nation and now languish in Turkish camps? Was the acceptance of refugees by Germany driven by humanitarian ideals or by economic interests and the need to preserve the integrity of capitalist Europe? In this article, we present an assessment of 2016 and German policy in relation to the refugee crisis.
Sebastian VargasFebruary 8, 2017
German Coalition Party Conferences Confirm their Anti-Humanitarian Course
Last week, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) held their party conferences. The chairpersons of both parties, Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) and Angela Merkel (CDU) brought their parties back on course. Despite weak polling numbers, the Grand Coalition ends the year intact, though the latent crisis of the regime is far from over.
Stefan SchneiderDecember 21, 2015
Nothing to celebrate, but much to fight for
This past week marked twenty-five years since the territory of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), also known as East Germany, was incorporated into the West German Federal Republic. The period of capitalist and “reunified” Germany had begun.
Stefan SchneiderOctober 6, 2015