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German left blocking the road to new workers' party

It took decades of long struggle between 1875 and 1914 for the German SPD to become a party openly defending the capitalist system. But it may only take half a year to dash hopes that the new Electoral Alternative for Work and Social Justice (’WASG’) could be a step towards a mass workers’ party in Germany. Read more...

London ESF: Berlin meeting sidelines youth

The ESF Preparatory Assembly for the London European Social Forum came together in Berlin on the 17-18 June, while the ’Programme Workgroup’, as now seems routine at these meetings, met on the two days prior to the Assembly itself. Read more...

German Imperialism: Waking up to the US Threat

In this survey of German imperialism, Martin Suchanek examines the contradictions and tensions shaping the policy of the world’s third-largest economy as the German bourgeoisie grapples with a familiar problem; how to achieve a dramatic increase in exploitation at home whilst expanding into a world economy already dominated by a more powerful rival. Read more...

Gerhard Schröder: Germany's Tony Blair?

In March 1998, Gerhard Schröder was nominated as the SPD’s candidate for Chancellor in the September general election. His long time rival, SPD party leader Oscar Lafontaine, nominated him. This is the SPD’s “dream ticket".

Martin Suchanek of Gruppe Arbeitermacht analyses the background to his rise and his prospects should the SPD form the new government after the elections. Read more...

Germany: the return of the class struggle

After many years of “good-bye to the working class”, in which, “new global questions facing humanity” seemed to make all orientation to the working class appear hopelessly out of date, a discussion has recently broken out in Germany over the “rebirth of the social question”. One prominent German trade union leader, Schmithenner, summed it up;

“The ‘social question’, which many people thought had been resolved, has announced its return with a vengeance…and this return of the traditional battlegrounds of social conflict within the capitalist market economy comes at a time when the idea that post-materialist culture and lifestyles were now all that mattered had carried the day in scientific and political discussions.”1 Read more...

PDS: From Stalinism to social democracy

The revolutionary crisis in East Germany in the autumn of 1989 spelled doom the former ruling party—the SED. Mass demonstrations saw SED members on both sides of the conflict between the ruling Stalinist bureaucracy and the popular opposition. Read more...

Germany 1953 - "We are workers not slaves"

Richard Brenner describes the events of June 1953 when the workers of East Germany launched a mass struggle that ended in a general strike and an uprising against the Stalinist bureaucracy Read more...

German capitalism: a stumbling giant

Martin Suchanek analyses the deepening problems at the heart of Europe’s strongest economy. Read more...

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