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The eurozone’s not so happy new year

03 January 2012
New Year cheer is in short supply judging by the latest statements from European leaders. Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel, France’s president Nicolas Sarkozy and Italy’s president Giorgio Napolitano all began the year by warning of more pain to come.

Eurozone teeters on a knife edge

06 December 2011
The Eurozone’s political leaders are battling to prevent the collapse of their economies. This week Standard and Poor’s, the US credit rating agency, warned that all eurozone countries—­including France and Germany—could lose their credit ratings.

Market chaos shows the crisis is far from over

22 November 2011
There is huge uncertainty across Europe. Bank shares are plunging, France is facing a possible credit rating downgrade and the markets are falling sharply in France, Spain, Italy and Germany.

Anne Funder interview: Telling the untold histories of German anti-Nazis

15 November 2011
Two things really shocked me about the story you tell in All That I Am. First, the horrific indifference of the British and US authorities that borders on complicity. Second, how untold the story is. Do you feel these two factors are related?

Thousands support Occupy protest in Frankfurt

15 November 2011
Some 10,000 demonstrators encircled the banking sector of Frankfurt in Germany last Saturday. The atmosphere was exuberant. Another 8,000 took to the streets in Berlin.

Merkel ups the Europe stakes

15 November 2011
Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel has responded to the latest eurozone crisis by calling for closer European integration at a political level.

All That I Am: The lonely struggles of Hitler’s exiles in London

01 November 2011
What happened to the courageous socialists who escaped Nazi Germany and tried to alert the world to the coming dangers?

Cable Street - they did not pass

27 September 2011
IT was 1936 and fascism was spreading across Europe. Adolf Hitler had become chancellor of Germany. Benito Mussolini had seized control in Italy. Franco was on the march in Spain. And the British Union of Fascists (BUF) was trying to do the same in Britain.

Background: Mass protests brought down the barrier

09 August 2011
The Berlin Wall completely cut off the Western part of the German capital from the Eastern part and all of surrounding East Germany. It spanned 87 miles and was built in four stages.

Children of the Revolution

02 August 2011
This is the story of Ulrike Meinhof of the German Red Army Faction and Fusako Shigenobu of the Japanese Red Army, as told by their daughters.

Exclusive: Racist attack on Luton mosque

23 July 2011
Racist thugs vandalised a Luton mosque during the early hours of Friday morning. They spray painted "EDL" and a swastika – the symbol of Nazi Germany – on the walls, and smashed windows.

Greens make gains in German elections

29 March 2011
A political earthquake shook Germany on Sunday. The first Green head of a federal state was elected in Baden-Württemberg.

Germany's Forgotten Revolution

01 March 2011
Between 1918 and 1923 revolution erupted in Germany. Open class warfare gripped the country with uprisings, mass strikes and army mutinies. Armed workers clashed with counter-revolutionary paramilitaries.

Is this a revolution or just a coup?

15 February 2011
Leon Trotsky recalls in his memoirs that, immediately after the Russian Revolution of October 1917, Lenin said to him in German, "Es schwindelt"—"It makes one dizzy."

Holocaust memorial day: a day to take anti-fascism forward

25 January 2011
Part of my family was wiped out for the crime of being Jewish in what has become known as the Holocaust. The German Nazi regime strove to create a racially pure, authoritarian society where dissent or difference was not to be tolerated.

German students release statement supporting British students

16 December 2010
Solidarity with British Students!

Protests in Stuttgart put Merkel under pressure

12 October 2010
Plans to replace the central station in Stuttgart, one of Germany’s major cities, have led to mass protests, and a political crisis for the German government.

In their own words

29 June 2010
‘A commentator in El Pais, a Spanish paper, claims that England’s loss to Germany reflects Thatcherism’s demoralising effects on the English proletariat.’

Class rule hiding behind austerity

15 June 2010
We live, we are constantly told, in a liberal pluralist society. Unlike the totalitarian states of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, information and ideas aren’t monolithically controlled from above in these societies.

Forced Journeys: Artists in Exile in Britain 1933 to 1945

20 April 2010
This exhibition of the work of German and Austrian internees on the Isle of Man marks the 70th year since the opening of internment camps on the island.

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