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Germany: Crisis in WASG - the Left organise

The WASG (Arbeit und soziale Gerechtigkeit – Die Wahlalternative- Labour and Social Justice - The Electoral Alternative was) founded in 2005 by activists form the Social Democracy and various left groups. Together with the PDS, (Partei des Demokratischen Sozialismus), the lineal descendent of former ruling party in East Germany, it won 54 seats in last years parliamentary elections. This electoral block, called the Left Party (Linkspartei), is now engaged in a process of fusion. Read more...

Report of the Action Conference for the 2007 Anti-G8 Protests in Rostock, Germany

We need militant action against the G8, not a “choreographed” lobby

Some 400 activists from across the whole range of currents within the anti-G8 mobilisation met in Rostock between 10 and 12 of November. After an antiracist demonstration against the refugee camp system, deportations and the heightened political and social repression of immigrants, the meeting began with a general discussion. Read more...

European Social Forum Preparatory Assembly- the Left Organises

The largest delegations in Frankfurt came from Greece, France, Germany, Italy and Turkey. The attendance from Eastern Europe including Russia has also markedly increased. There were smaller, but active delegations from Austria, the Basque Country, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal and Sweden, plus a representative from Palestine. The biggest “absence” was the British, including a complete “no show” from the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). Read more...

Vote WASG but organise the fightback

“Der Anfang ist gemacht ...” (A beginning has been made) is one of the main slogans of the PDS election campaign and shows its intention to continue the SPD-PDS after the local council elections on 17 September. Read more...

1918: Germany - reformists versus the revolution

Towards the end of the First World War the workers of Russia rose in revolt against Tsarism. By October 1917 they had pressed on to establish, under the leadership of the Bolshevik Party, a Soviet (workers’ council) Republic, the world’s first workers’ state. Read more...

Germany; Crisis in WASG - the Left organise

The WASG (Arbeit und soziale Gerechtigkeit – Die Wahlalternative- Labour and Social Justice - The Electoral Alternative was) founded in 2005 by activists form the Social Democracy and various left groups. Together with the PDS, (Partei des Demokratischen Sozialismus), the lineal descendent of former ruling party in East Germany, it won 54 seats in last years parliamentary elections. This electoral block, called the Left Party (Linkspartei), is now engaged in a process of fusion. Read more...

Germany: Verdi strike to defend working week must become class-wide!

The attack on the public sector workers by the communes and Laender (regional states) in most parts of Germany is much more than the “usual” annual or bi-annual bargaining round. Read more...

Germany: Coalition signals new attacks

After weeks of negotiations, Germany’s Grand Coalition between the CDU/CSU and the SPD is in office. Its programme includes:
• VAT up from 16 to 19 per cent
• Weakening of safeguards against redundancy
• Cuts in benefits and pensions
• Increase in the age of retirement to 67
• Privatisation of pensions and healthcare
• Increased competition in education
• Increase in the public sector working week

Interestingly during the election, the CDU “promised” a rise to 18 per cent; the SPD called this a “social injustice”; they settled for 19 per cent! Read more...

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