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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.

What Die Linke can achieve

12 June 2007
Die Linke (The Left) party has entered a west German state parliament for the first time.

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.

G8 protests: ‘We went to delegitimise the meeting of world leaders’

12 June 2007
The media focused on the cat and mouse conflict between German riot police and a small section of protesters in Rostock. Meanwhile thousands travelled across Europe to make their voices heard and to underline the hypocrisy of the G8 summit.

Die Linke: high hopes for Germany's new radical left party

12 June 2007
The German left is facing a historic chance. On 16 June, we will found a strong all-German party.

Protesters defy police to rock the G8 leaders

05 June 2007
The German authorities mounted the biggest security operation since the Second World War for the G8 at Heilingandamm near the north German town of Rostock.

Mass protests set to shake G8 summit at Rostock

29 May 2007
Protesters from across Germany and beyond will gather in the city of Rostock this weekend for a series of demonstrations against the G8 summit of world leaders that takes place there next week.

George Bush refuses to budge over climate change

29 May 2007
Tony Blair promised that his friend George Bush would sign up to "at least the beginnings" of action to cut carbon dioxide emissions at the forthcoming G8 summit in Rostock, Germany.

German strikers look to target G8 summit

15 May 2007
A strike by telecom workers in Germany is threatening the upcoming G8 summit in Heiligendamm with a communications blackout.

Protests will confront G8 leaders in Germany

24 April 2007
Leaders of the world’s most powerful countries will gather in Rostock, Germany, for the G8 conference which runs from 2-8 June this year.

Reports round-up

24 March 2007
European rallies against job cuts Some 40,000 Airbus workers protested last Friday in Germany, France, Spain and Britain against plans by the European aircraft maker to cut one in ten of its workforce of 87,000.

Tom Fool captures the dynamics of life under capitalism

17 March 2007
When Tom Fool, Franz Xaver Kroetz’s 1978 drama about the implosion of a working class family in West Germany, was staged at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow last November, audiences were astonished by the power of a play that gets right to the heart of family life under capitalism.

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