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Winners and losers in Germany’s election

01 October 2005
For the first time since the 1950s there is a nationwide political force to the left of the SPD.

Why the left is celebrating in Germany

01 October 2005
The election in Germany has plunged the political establishment into crisis and has led to the biggest breakthrough of a radical left force since the Second World War. Gerhard Schröder’s SPD, similar to Britain’s New Labour, stood with a programme defending hated measures to attack the welfare state — Agenda 2010 and Hartz IV. The Tory CDU and its would-be coalition partners, the FDP, had programmes saying they would implement even harsher neo-liberal measures.

German result is a blow to neo-liberals

24 September 2005
The hung parliament that emerged from the German federal elections is a serious setback for the forces seeking to impose yet more free market "reforms" on us all.

German establishment closes ranks against the left

10 September 2005
Ever Since its launch in July, Linkspartei has been picking up significant support across the German working class. This has predictably led to a concerted smear campaign against Oskar Lafontaine, the party’s best known leader.

The rise of the new German left

27 August 2005
"The left is back. The pact between WASG and PDS under the leadership of Gregor Gysi and Oskar Lafontaine has the potential to change the balance of forces in the political system forever." The editorial of the conservative newspaper Welt am Sonntag on the formation of a new political party tells of the sea change in German politics.

Marxism 2005 under way

09 July 2005
By 10am Friday morning 1,000 people had defied all obstacles to come to the delayed opening rally of Marxism 2005. After a minute's silence for all those killed in the London bombings and in occupied Iraq and Afghanistan, they heard powerful and moving speeches from veteran socialist Tony Benn, Stop the War Coalition convenor Lindsey German, Respect MP George Galloway and Portuguese Left Bloc MP, Ana Drago.

Powerful support in Germany for a new unity on the left

25 June 2005
The prospect of a united left electoral challenge has thrown the establishment parties in Germany into panic.

War is part of the global system

18 June 2005
Stop the War Coalition convenor, Lindsey German, and chair of CND, Kate Hudson, have issued calls for anti-war protests during the G8

New alliance poses a challenge in Germany

04 June 2005
Following a disastrous defeat for the governing SPD, the equivalent of Britain’s Labour Party, in its North Rhine and Westphalia heartland, it has called for early elections in a desperate move to ward off rebellion in its ranks.

A new party in Germany that will ‘draw a line in the sand’

21 May 2005
A new left wing party is contesting the regional elections in North Rhine and Westphalia in Germany this Sunday.

Socialist Review — May issue out now

30 April 2005
Respect at the polls John Rees, Lindsey German, Janet Alder and Judy Cox provide reports and analysis

The anti-war generation at Newham Sixth Form hustings

30 April 2005
Lindsey German, Respect’s candidate for West Ham, won loud applause when she told a student hustings that we have to fight in the coming election to "make poverty history, make war history".

Respect is the opposition to Labour in East London

16 April 2005
New Labour is facing a strong challenge from Respect in Newham, east London. Lindsey German is contesting West Ham for Respect and Abdul Khaliq Mian is standing in East Ham.

German films explore Nazi terror and the resistance to it

09 April 2005
German filmmakers are making a new cinematic effort to come to terms with the Nazi years. In the last three months, two big productions have been box office hits — Downfall, which was released in Britain last week, and Sophie Scholl.

Stop the War Coalition launches march

05 March 2005
The Stop the War Coalition publicly launched its 19 March demonstration on Tuesday. Lindsey German was joined by Ray Hewitt (right), who joined the army at 16, fought in the first Gulf War, and is now a reservist in the British army. He has told the ministry of defence that he now wishes to be a conscientious objector, because he "will not fight in an illegal war in Iraq." George Solomou (left), the former TA soldier who refused to go to Iraq, also endorsed the march

Recommendations from Bookmarks, the socialist bookshop

26 February 2005
To mark the publication of The Vote: How It Was Won and How It Was Undermined by Paul Foot, Bookmarks and Penguin are holding an evening of discussion with Tony Benn, Lindsey German and Michael Rosen in the Council Chamber, TUC Congress House, Gt Russell Street, London WC1, Tue 1 Mar, 7.30 for 8pm (Tickets £2.50 from Bookmarks). Order The Vote now from Bookmarks at the special reduced price of £20 (normally £25). Add £3 postage and packing.

Trotsky on anti-Nazi assassin Herschel Grynszpan

19 February 2005
Herschel Grynszpan, a young Jewish man, assassinated a Nazi diplomat in the German embassy in Paris on 7 November 1938.

Respect campaign launched in Newham

12 February 2005
Respect kicked off its election campaign in Newham, east London, last weekend with street stalls and a walkabout by Lindsey German and Abdul Khaliq, prospective parliamentary candidates for the borough.Lindsey and Abdul pledged support for the campaign to save Queens Market, which Newham’s New Labour council wants to sell to private developers.

Arrest reveals EU and US in alliance with Turkey

12 February 2005
The arrest of one of the most prominent Kurdish officials by Germany, at the request of Turkey, signals a new era of co-operation between Turkey and the EU, within a framework set by the US.

A fresh electoral challenge to Germany’s New Labour

05 February 2005
A recent meeting of activists met and decided to officially launch a new left wing political party called Arbeit & Soziale Gerechtigkeit—Die Wahlalternative (The Work & Social Justice Election Alternative).

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