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Can the German left unite against neoliberalism?

13 January 2007
A strong Left Party will be needed to resist neoliberal policies in Germany in the coming year. VAT (value added tax) rose by 3 percent on all goods and services except food on 1 January.

German Film Festival | Blood Wedding | Watership Down

25 November 2006
German Film FestivalGoethe-Institut and Curzon Soho, London23 November to 1 December This is a great chance to see a few films that will most likely not make it to general release.

Shocking proof of more devastation in Afghanistan

04 November 2006
Recently released pictures of troops desecrating Afghan graves have rocked the "grand coalition" government in Germany.

Mother Courage and Her Children

21 October 2006
A recent Royal Shakespeare Company poster declared that "in war there are no winners". It is a view that German playwright Bertolt Brecht would have disputed.

Labour in cartoons 3: 1943 - Days of hope

21 October 2006
By 1943 workers were already stepping up pressure for radical social change - and for the implementation of previous promises - even though the war against Nazi Germany was still raging.

Pierre Broué: The German Revolution, 1917-1923

14 October 2006
Pierre Broué’s brilliant Marxist history of the German Revolution has just been published as an English language paperback. Ian Birchall introduces two extracts from the book

‘We are striking to keep the NHS public’

30 September 2006
"Hundreds of Unison members in NHS Logistics have taken part in a national strike to oppose the sell-off of essential public services to DHL - a German parcel courier.

Election warning from Germany

30 September 2006
The recent German regional state elections in Berlin and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern brought losses for the Left Party - the former East German Communist Party the PDS - and gains for the Nazi NPD party.

Video of Lindsey German speech at Time to Go demonstration

23 September 2006
Lindsey German, convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, speaks to the crowd at the rally after more than 50,000 people marched on the Stop the War Coalition 'Time to Go' demonstration against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for Tony Blair to go. The demonstration was in Manchester outside the venue of the Labour Party conference on Saturday 23 September 2006.

Video of Lindsey German calling on people to join the Time to Go demonstration

23 September 2006
Lindsey German, convener of the Stop the War Coalition, calls on people to join the demonstration on Saturday 23 September

Caucasian Chalk Circle | Confederate States of America | A Scanner Darkly

19 August 2006
The Caucasian Chalk Circleby Bertolt BrechtThe Scoop, London Bridge, SE1Until 17 September. Free<a href="" target = "_blank"></a> This is an adaptation of a play written while Brecht was in exile from Nazi Germany during the Second World War.

Bertolt Brecht: ‘This chap Marx was the first to really understand my plays’

12 August 2006
Pepijn Brandon looks back at the German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s life and work

Video of Lindsey German speech at London Lebanon demonstration

05 August 2006
The speech given by Stop the War convenor Lindsey German to the Parliament Square rally at the end of the London demonstration against Israel's assault on Lebanon, Saturday 5 August 2006

Walter Benjamin and commodity capitalism

08 July 2006
On 15 July 1892, Walter Benjamin was born into a well heeled assimilated Jewish family in Berlin. On 26 September 1940, he was interrupted in his escape to the US from Nazi Germany. Prevented from crossing from Occupied France into Spain, weakened by illness and threatened with being handed over to the Gestapo, he chose suicide.

Was Germany to blame for the First World War?

01 July 2006
Who caused the First World War? Revisionist historians argue that the war had to be fought because Germany was aggressive and militaristic, a "rogue state" that threatened "the balance of power" and "the peace of Europe".

Slaughter at the Somme

01 July 2006
On 1 July 1916, 150,000 British soldiers went "over the top" on the Western Front to attack the German trenches in the Somme region. The front, along which British and French armies confronted the German army, stretched from Switzerland to the Channel.

Offside: a sideways glimpse at the Iranian regime

10 June 2006
Iran will continue to feature in newspaper headlines this month – for two reasons. The first is the stance taken by the US and Britain over Iran’s nuclear programme. The other is that Iran is taking part in the football world cup, which starts this week in Germany.

Preserving unity on the German left

06 May 2006
A debate has been raging in Germany for over a year now. How do we build a new left party across the whole country?

Painful Hamburg deal will affect other disputes in Germany

11 March 2006
A deal has been reached after almost three weeks of strikes by public sector workers in Hamburg, northern Germany. The strikes, part of a series of regional actions by the Verdi public sector union, opposed increases in the working week.

Solid strikes test Germany’s coalition

04 March 2006
Strike action in Germany by the public sector union Verdi is now into its fourth week. Roughly 30,000 public sector workers in nine federal states and the municipalities are on strike on any given day.

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