Germany’s high court ruling accelerates EU coming apart

Vol. 84/No. 21 - June 1, 2020
German court bars EU from using Berlin’s funding to bail out impoverished governments like Italy and Spain. German rulers offer instead to help EU make grants, accompanied by austerity regimens. Above, Nov. 6, 2012, rally in Greece against EU-imposed cuts on wages, pensions.

The economic and social crisis of capitalism weighing on working people worldwide, accelerated by the way the capitalist governments have responded to the coronavirus outbreak with far-reaching lockdowns on industry and trade, has greatly hastened the coming apart of the…


Over 10,000 farmers in Germany protest against gov’t restrictions

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019

Over 10,000 farmers from all over Germany drove more than 5,000 tractors in a 6-mile-long convoy crawling through the streets of Berlin Nov. 26 to protest government plans to sharply restrict the use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer. Farmers also…


Protest anti-Semitic attack on German synagogue

Vol. 83/No. 40 - November 4, 2019

Two people were killed in a failed anti-Semitic assault on a synagogue Oct. 9 in Halle, Germany, on Yom Kippur, considered by Jews to be one of the most sacred days of the year. Heavily armed Stephan Balliet, 27, from…


IG Metall, Germany’s biggest union, makes a deal

Vol. 82/No. 9 - March 5, 2018

After a month of brief walkouts and a series of 24-hour protest strikes, IG Metall, Germany’s biggest union, has signed a contract covering 900,000 workers in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg. The same deal is likely to be rolled out for…


IG Metall workers strike in Germany, demand pay raise

Vol. 82/No. 4 - January 29, 2018

Members of IG Metall, Germany’s biggest union, started a round of strike protests Jan. 8, part of pressing for a 6 percent wage increase, as negotiations begin for a new contract covering 3.9 million workers. The old contract expired Dec.…