By Peter Schwarz, 29 January 2020
While the candidate of the extreme right-wing Lega was clearly defeated in the Emilia-Romagna elections by the candidate of the Democrats, the rise of the right-wing extremists has by no means been stopped.
By Thomas Scripps, 29 January 2020
The fudge decision is a desperate attempt to placate the Trump administration and avoid a collision over basic issues of economy and security.
By Alex Lantier, 29 January 2020
Opposing union sabotage of strikes against Macron requires building committees of action, independent of the unions, and a revolutionary leadership in the working class.
By our reporters, 27 January 2020
The protest testified to the global scope of the support for Assange, despite the relentless lies and slanders that have been directed against him by the corporate media.
“People are waking up and if we ‘yellow vests’ succeed, and if Julian Assange gets out, something huge will have happened which could prevent many wars”
By Alice Summer, 27 January 2020
Corinne was one of around 100 protesters who came from France to take part in Saturday’s rally in support of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange outside Belmarsh prison.
By Margot Miller, 27 January 2020
Benita Mehra’s removal from the panel will not alter the fact that the fundamental purpose of the inquiry is to protect, rather than punish, the guilty.
By Ulrich Rippert, 27 January 2020
The German ruling class and all its parties, from the Left Party to the far-right AfD, are drawing closer together and preparing to form an alliance against the working class.
Murder of Slovakian journalist Ján Kuciak reveals close ties between political establishment, corporate elite and criminal underworld
By Markus Salzmann, 27 January 2020
The reintroduction of capitalism did not bring democracy, freedom, and prosperity, but the opposite.
“We hope this protest will inspire others”
By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2020
The protests point to the deeply-rooted opposition among workers internationally to US and European governments’ relentless campaign to destroy Assange.
By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2020
A poll this week found 61 percent opposition to the cuts, and that 82 percent of Frenchmen believe they are worse off since Macron took office in 2017.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 25 January 2020
2020 began with a fiery speech by the CEO of the world’s largest auto company, Volkswagen, in which he announced a “radical restructuring of the group” and the “slaughter of sacred cows.”
By Marc Wells, 25 January 2020
In less than two months, the Sardines movement, a social media initiative, has mobilized thousands of protesters against the right-wing former deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini.
Two and a half years after Grenfell fire:
By Charles Hixson, 25 January 2020
Next to nothing has been done by the Conservative government to remove dangerous cladding from hundreds of mainly residential buildings that are enveloped in deadly flammable material.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 January 2020
The slander of Iranian “anti-Semitism” and unfounded claims that Tehran is seeking nuclear weapons are propaganda to justify a steady buildup toward war.
As extradition hearing dates are set, US Department of Justice argues Assange has no First Amendment rights
By Laura Tiernan, 24 January 2020
The latest evidence submitted by the US government underscores the fundamental democratic issues at stake in the decade-long illegal persecution and witch-hunting of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
By Johannes Stern, 24 January 2020
Although the conference was a meeting of imperialist brigands who discussed the military occupation of the resource-rich country and the redivision of the entire continent under the guise of peace, it was acclaimed by the Left Party.
French power workers at Grand’Maison dam join pension strikes; 130,000 Turkish metalworkers threaten walk out
24 January 2020
French hydroelectric workers joined a strike movement against pension cuts while the union for 130,000 Turkish metalworkers are currently in talks with the Turkish Employers Association of Metal Industries for a pay increase.
By Mike Head, 22 January 2020
This evidence alone requires the US extradition case to be thrown out of court on the grounds of illegality.
By Anthony Torres, 22 January 2020
A French aircraft carrier and European naval flotillas will patrol strategic Middle East waters that are critical to the global oil trade.
By Marianne Arens, 22 January 2020
On the morning of January 15, five bullet holes were discovered in the window of Social Democratic Party (SPD) member of parliament Karamba Diaby’s constituency office in Halle.
By Chris Marsden and Steve James, 22 January 2020
The invocations of democracy by both sides seek to conceal a row between rival bourgeois factions whose interests, aims and nationalist agendas are hostile to the working class on both sides of the border.
By Thomas Scripps, 22 January 2020
Patel’s announcement comes after it was revealed that dozens of left-wing and environmental protest groups are included in a counter-terrorism “guidance document.”
By Stefan Steinberg, 22 January 2020
The film is an adaptation of the book by Judith Kerr, the German-born British writer, published in 1971 and the first part of her Out of the Hitler Time trilogy.
By Peter Schwarz, 21 January 2020
The Libya conference, which took place last Sunday in Berlin, was not about peace in the war-torn country, but about the distribution of the loot.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 21 January 2020
The links between the series of murders carried out by the neo-Nazi terrorist group NSU, the murder of Kassel’s District President Walter Lübcke (CDU) and the secret service are closer than previously known.
By Barry Mason, 21 January 2020
In 2018, the average FTSE 100 CEO earned £3.46 million, equivalent to £901.30 an hour.
By Thomas Scripps, 21 January 2020
The “guidance document” lists prominent left-wing, anti-war and environmental groups alongside far-right, fascist and white supremacist organisations.
By Kate Randall, 18 January 2020
Wealthy men and women generally have eight to nine more years of “disability free” life after age 50 than the poorest American and English adults.
By Robert Stevens, 18 January 2020
The rollout of 5G broadband wireless networks globally is becoming an arena for the eruption of geopolitical tensions.
By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2020
All of the parliamentary parties agree with the government’s policy of escalating Germany military intervention in the region.
By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2020
The Berlin meeting is reminiscent of the infamous Congo Conference, also held in Berlin in 1884-85 and aimed at the complete colonization of Africa.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 January 2020
After these cuts are completed in 2029, less than half of the company’s 19,000 jobs in Germany before its sale to PSA in 2017 will remain.
By Clara Weiss, 16 January 2020
The resignation of the widely unpopular Russian government comes amid mounting social conflict and escalating war tensions between the US and Iran which threaten to draw in the entire South Caucasus region and Russia itself.
YouTube, Facebook and Twitter remove accounts and content opposing the illegal assassination of Iranian General Suleimani
By Kevin Reed, 16 January 2020
The social media companies YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are following the orders of the Trump administration in the aftermath of the criminal assassination of Iranian General Suleimani on January 3.
Assange’s French legal advisor Juan Branco: “We’ve experienced a strong shift that we now need to nurture”
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 January 2020
In comments to the WSWS this week, Branco stated: “Citizens have their mass and geniuses like Julian Assange on their side—private interests have their economical power, cynicism and capacity to corrupt on theirs.”
By Alex Lantier, 16 January 2020
Anger is exploding against the carnage produced by the French war in Mali and against official lies that France is waging a global war on terror.
By Alice Summers, 16 January 2020
Rapidly increasing energy costs and low income have forced many working class households to choose between eating and heating.
By Marianne Arens, 16 January 2020
Despite the acquittal neither Malta nor the EU have retreated from its inhumane and murderous anti-refugee policy with Valletta continuing to prevent NGO ships from entering its waters.
By Alex Lantier, 15 January 2020
Berlin, London and Paris, emboldened by Tehran’s weak response to the US murder of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani, are escalating attacks against Iran.
By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2020
In reaction to the Middle East crisis, Germany’s ruling circles are enthusing about the criminal methods of Trump while pursuing their own imperialist interests more aggressively.
By Robert Stevens, 15 January 2020
The most enthusiastic signatory to a document that means a stepped up witch-hunt of anti-Zionist party members is Rebecca Long-Bailey, the candidate favoured by the pro-Corbyn “left.”
By Thomas Scripps, 15 January 2020
Emergency discussions with the government followed a decade of deep financial trouble for Flybe, which has suffered under the pressure of intensifying competition in the airline industry.
By Markus Salzmann, 14 January 2020
The Social Democrat unexpectedly won against incumbent Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, who ran for the right-wing Croatian Democratic Community.
By Robert Stevens, 13 January 2020
The more dangerous the world situation becomes, the less the STWC, which orients to the rightward-lurching Labour and trade union apparatus, is able to mobilise popular support.
“We’ve seen this all happen before, with the Iraq war. We saw how that went. It was a complete tragedy”
By our reporters, 13 January 2020
WSWS reporters spoke to attendees at Saturday’s demonstrations in the UK against the danger of war in Iran.
By Alex Lantier and Anthony Torres, 13 January 2020
Hundreds of thousands of strikers and “yellow vests” marched against French President Emmanuel Macron’s pension cuts Saturday.
By Alejandro López, 13 January 2020
Described by its architects as Spain’s most progressive government since the Second Republic (1931-1939), it is in fact committed to austerity, repression and militarism.
By Ulaş Ateşci, 11 January 2020
The opening of this strategic pipeline comes amid escalating conflicts over energy in the region and an esclalating conflict between the United States and Iran.
By Thomas Scripps, 11 January 2020
Corbyn articulates the concerns within ruling circles, including Johnson’s Tories and the armed forces, that Trump’s recklessness can endanger the UK’s world position.
By Dennis Moore, 11 January 2020
The use of stun guns has sparked controversy since their introduction, following the growing numbers of deaths they have caused when deployed.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 11 January 2020
The week before Christmas, German broadcaster WDR posted an online video of a children’s choir singing an updated version of a satirical song, triggering hysterical denunciations.
By Marianne Arens, 11 January 2020
The fact that a Jewish pianist cannot perform publicly without protection indicates the extent of the current turn to the right in German politics.
By Peter Schwarz, 11 January 2020
Not a single leading European politician condemned the brutal murder of General Qassem Suleimani, which represented a gross violation of international law and massively expanded the ongoing regional war in the Middle East.
By Robert Stevens, 9 January 2020
Such is Corbyn’s political legacy in preserving the Blairites domination of the PLP that Starmer was the first candidate to secure the necessary nominations to go forward, including the backing of a major union, Unison.
By Alex Lantier, 9 January 2020
The NPA advances the lie that Iran, a former colonial country, is in fact an imperialist power attacking Washington and slanders Suleimani personally as a mass murderer.
By Laura Tiernan, 8 January 2020
Corbyn’s letter to Johnson was framed as a defence of British national security interests and exhibited Corbyn’s trademark deference to the state.
By Alex Lantier, 8 January 2020
The formation of the government capped two months of manoeuvres within the Spanish ruling elite after the November 10 elections produced yet another hung parliament.
By Alejandro López, 8 January 2020
On Sunday, acting Socialist Party (PSOE) Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez failed in a first vote to obtain the required majority to establish a government in coalition with the pseudo-left Podemos party.
By Christopher Lehmann and Christoph Vandreier, 8 January 2020
The aim of the latest campaign surrounding the events in Leipzig is to intimidate anyone who stands in the way of the far right.
By Martin Nowak, 8 January 2020
Shortly before the end of the year, the new state government in Saxony was sworn in. For the first time, a coalition of Christian Democrats, Social Democrats and Greens is taking over the government in the East German state.
By Robert Stevens, 6 January 2020
Whatever the qualms in British ruling circles about the grave implications of war in the Middle East, the UK is already involved—as America's closest ally—in a potential war against Iran.
By Markus Salzmann and Peter Schwarz, 6 January 2020
The Greens have seamlessly filled the shoes of the far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ), securing a majority for inhumane, pro-corporate, and law-and-order policies.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 6 January 2020
The closing of the year 2019 has confirmed that the revival of the far right in Germany is principally due to policies pursued by the country’s ruling elite.
By Gregor Link and Peter Schwarz, 4 January 2020
Over the holidays, Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer reiterated her call for a massive expansion of the Franco-German campaign in the Sahel region.
By Alex Lantier, 4 January 2020
In his perfunctory eighteen-minute speech Tuesday night, Macron made clear he intends to impose his pension cuts in the face of mass protests and strikes by the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 4 January 2020
Blood supplied from contaminated sources led to thousands of people being infected with diseases such as hepatitis and HIV, and the deaths of nearly 3,000 people in the UK.
By Jason Melanovski, 4 January 2020
The EU pushed for the Ukraine and Russia to accept a deal following the US announcement of sanctions against the Russian-German pipeline Nord Stream 2.
By Thomas Scripps, 3 January 2020
The Johnson government is an expression of the global rise of authoritarian and far right forces, sponsored by the ruling class as a necessary bulwark to confront social unrest and growing socialist sentiment.
By George Gallanis, 30 December 2019
A United Nations working group confirmed Greek authorities have been illegally deporting refugees for years, including under the Syriza government.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 30 December 2019
Although the poverty rate experienced a slight decline of 0.3 percentage points between 2017 and 2018, it remains at a high level and has even increased in some regions.
By Jean Shaoul, 30 December 2019
Johnson put racism and Islamophobia at the heart of his election campaign, pitting Indian Hindu voters against Pakistani Muslim voters.
By Mike Head, 28 December 2019
Assange’s phone call highlights the danger that he could die in jail, effectively at the hands of the British, US and Australian governments.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 28 December 2019
Workers, students, teachers and “yellow vest” protesters came to support the strike, which has lasted since December 5 and shut down rail transport across France.
By Paul Bond, 28 December 2019
Without enough authorised encampments, the proposal to allow police to seize Travellers’ caravans—their homes—and destroy their property would effectively criminalise the existence of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities.
By Markus Salzmann, 28 December 2019
All candidates are deeply hated and discredited among broad sections of the population. Turnout in the elections was barely 39 percent.
UK Public Meetings:
28 December 2019
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) is holding public meetings on the Labour Party’s general election debacle and the way forward for the working class based on the fight to build a new, genuinely socialist party.
“We’re sending a message: there will be no holiday truce”
By Alex Lantier, 27 December 2019
The ongoing mass transit and public sector strike which is paralyzing much of transport in France to protest Macron’s pension cuts entered its fourth week today.
By Alejandro López, 23 December 2019
Madrid nevertheless kept Junqueras in jail over his role in the 2017 Catalan independence referendum and did not allow him to take his European parliament seat.
By Thomas Scripps, 21 December 2019
David Morales, a former Spanish military officer, is accused of spying on Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy and was charged in October with privacy violation, bribery and money laundering.
By Anthony Torres, 21 December 2019
The unions are now calling for an end to strike action or using negotiations scheduled for January as a pretext to weaken workers’ resolve and betray the strike.
By Robert Stevens, 21 December 2019
A total of 38 Labour MPs defied Jeremy Corbyn’s instruction to oppose the bill.
By Robert Stevens, 21 December 2019
The bogus character of all claims that this is a leadership contest between “left” and “right” is epitomised by the fact that the two most prominent Blairite challengers are Corbyn’s Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer and his Shadow Foreign Minister Emily Thornberry.
By Markus Salzmann, 21 December 2019
Last week, the Hungarian parliament, dominated by the right-wing Fidesz party, passed bills that represent a further step towards dictatorial forms of rule.
Vadim Rogovin’s Bolsheviks against Stalinism 1928–1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition
By Andrea Peters, 21 December 2019
Stalin’s rise was neither foreordained nor a natural outgrowth of the October Revolution. The Great Russian chauvinist and bureaucrat secured power in ferocious conflict with the proletariat, peasantry and cadre of the revolutionary socialist movement.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 19 December 2019
While strikers are calling for an end to talks with the government, the unions are seeking a rotten compromise they can use to justify selling out the strike.
By Chris Marsden, 19 December 2019
Labour haemorrhaged support across the UK and among all sections of workers, young and old, from the north and south, those in favour of leaving the European Union and those for remaining.
By Jason Melanovski, 19 December 2019
The talks have resumed just after the US announced sanctions against Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany.
By our reporters, 19 December 2019
Over 15,000 nurses and other health workers struck December 18 in Northern Ireland over pay and staffing.
By our reporters, 18 December 2019
Some 1.8 million strikers, youth and retirees marched in opposition to President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to impose steep pension cuts.
By Johannes Stern, 17 December 2019
The efforts to present Saskia Esken and Nobert Walter-Borjans as fighters for a “left-wing camp” that will introduce a new era of social democracy are patently absurd.
By Alex Lantier, 17 December 2019
The strike movement in France is part of a global upsurge of the class struggle that has led to mass strikes and protests on every continent.
By Anthony Torres, 14 December 2019
Anger is mounting among workers after Edouard Philippe stressed he would push through his regressive program despite widespread strike action and popular opposition.
By Thomas Scripps, 14 December 2019
It is clear that the fundamental legal rights of the WikiLeaks founder and world-famous investigative journalist are being trampled in what amounts to an extraordinary rendition.
By Statement of the WSWS Editorial Board, 14 December 2019
The electoral debacle suffered by the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn in the UK general election is yet another example of the political bankruptcy of what passes for the left and labour organisations.
By Francis Dubois, 14 December 2019
The manoeuvres of LFI deputy François Ruffin with the former banker and future president have recently been exposed.
By Chris Marsden, 13 December 2019
Johnson’s return consolidates the most right-wing government in post-war British history, with devastating consequences for the working class.
By Peter Symonds, 12 December 2019
The Trump administration has made clear that it has no intention of meeting North Korea’s end-of-year deadline for meaningful talks, thus setting the stage for confrontation and conflict.
By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 12 December 2019
In his speech, Edouard Philippe vowed to impose a pension cut opposed by two thirds of the population.
By Paul Bond, 12 December 2019
The publication by the Sun of an article charging that Corbyn is the centre of a “hard-left extremist network” is part of an authoritarian turn by the ruling class.
By Chris Marsden, 12 December 2019
Underlying the intensity of political conflicts is an historically unprecedented social polarisation between the classes that is now beginning to find expression in a global eruption of the class struggle.