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Breakthrough for left in German elections

29 January 2008
The left in Germany were celebrating this week after making a significant breakthrough in two regional elections.

Back London left challenge to war and neoliberalism

29 January 2008
Respect’s Lindsey German offers a clear and consistent alternative in this year’s race for London mayor. In response to her campaign, supporters of mayor Ken Livingstone have resorted to a tired old theme reiterated whenever Labour faces a radical challenge from the left – "don’t split the vote and let the Tories in".

Rainer Werner Fassbinder and the art of political melodrama

08 January 2008
Rainer Werner Fassbinder – widely considered the greatest German director to emerge since the Second World War – is the subject of a huge DVD reissue programme at the moment.

Respect Renewal rally launches new organisation with attacks on SWP

18 November 2007
George Galloway MP opened the launch rally for his Respect Renewal organisation with personal attacks on John Rees, the national secretary of Respect, and Lindsey German, Respect candidate for London mayor and convenor of the Stop the War Coalition.

The united front: ground for common work

06 November 2007
On 7 January 1921, the German Communist Party addressed an unprecedented appeal to the country’s working class, political parties and trade unions.

Climate Camp and Rostock G8 exhibitions

30 October 2007
London Indymedia presents a photographic exhibition of two of the major protests of this year, the Climate Camp protest in Britain and the Rostock protests against the G8 in Germany.

Liberation of the sexes

23 October 2007
It was socialist women who made the first international appeal against the First World War, at a March 1915 conference organised by German revolutionary Clara Zetkin in Switzerland.

The Counterfeiters

16 October 2007
This German film is a Second World War movie with a difference. It tells the tale of Solly Sorowitsch, a Jewish forger who is captured by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp, where he is caught up in a scheme to create fake Allied banknotes.

German MPs want more war

16 October 2007
The German parliament voted to keep German troops in Afghanistan last Friday.

The Lives Of Others

09 October 2007
The Lives Of Others tells the story of Wiesler, a member of East Germany’s secret police assigned to spy on Georg, a playwright suspected of being critical of the Communist state.

German train drivers in strike over pay

09 October 2007
Train drivers in Germany’s GDL union held a successful three-hour strike on Friday of last week, bringing much of the country’s rail network to a halt.

GDL drivers' union to stage fresh rail strikes in Germany

02 October 2007
Train drivers in Germany announced a national one-day strike to take place on Friday of this week, after negotiations with national rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) broke down.

Germans protest against intervention in Afghan war

18 September 2007
Some 10,000 people marched in Berlin last Saturday against Germany’s role in the Afghanistan war.

Growth in Chinese inequality leads to rise in protest

28 August 2007
Sometime this year, China will overtake Germany to become the world’s third largest economy. The Chinese economy has grown by more than 10 percent every year for the last 17 years.

1. Stuttgart 1907: debating reform and revolution

21 August 2007
As the opening of a major nine-part series on the Communist International, John Riddell, examines discussions on war and socialist unity at the 1907 Stuttgart conference in Germany.

Dan Hind on Kant, the “war on terror” and Enlightenment values

31 July 2007
In 1784 a German magazine asked its readers to answer the question, "What is Enlightenment?" Among those who replied was the philosopher Immanuel Kant.

Growing strikes in Germany express anger at neoliberalism

24 July 2007
A four-hour strike by Germany’s train drivers at the beginning of July brought large parts of the country’s rail traffic to a standstill. Now the drivers are set for an all-out strike which could cause major disruption to traffic and corporate logistics.

The new left party Die Linke is officially launched in Germany

20 June 2007
On Saturday 16 June a new left was created in Germany as 750 delegates from two parties – Linkspartei (PDS) and WASG – voted for the founding of a new party called Die Linke (The Left). With 72,000 members Die Linke will be the third biggest party in the country.

G8 summit voted to let planet burn

12 June 2007
Bild, Germany's equivalent of the Sun, proclaimed the country’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, "Miss World" at the end of last week’s Group of Eight summit. It’s hard to see why she is so popular.

Blockading the Rostock G8

12 June 2007
Despite the 16,000 police and 1,000 troops, the biggest security operation on mainland Germany since the Second World War failed to stop the G8 being blockaded by thousands of protesters intent on causing maximum disruption to the summit.

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