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Greece's fight sheds light on a wider crisis in Europe

02 March 2010
At one level, the Greek crisis is a familiar tale of market blackmail and bullying. Through giving up its own currency and joining the euro, Greece attached itself to one of the world’s major economies, Germany.

Lufthansa pilots show their power in Germany

23 February 2010
A strike by German Lufthansa airline pilots stopped more than 800 flights on Monday.

Victory for German anti-fascists

19 February 2010
German anti-fascists claimed a major victory last Saturday.

2009: a year of terrifying, satirical and fascinating art

15 December 2009
Michael Rosen One of the most tense and moving films I’ve ever seen is The White Ribbon. This tells the story of life in a small German village just before the First World War.

Philip Kerr interview: Bernie Gunther and the crime of the century

01 December 2009
By choosing Nazi Germany as his setting, Philip Kerr has turned crime thrillers into something far more than pulp fiction.

Letters

24 November 2009
New revolts in Europe The university occupation movement in Austria is now into its fifth week and is going from strength to strength. The media is supporting the protests, and commenting on the international character of the movement – and that the Austrian students have "infected" Germany with their radicalism. The movement is helping to put increasing pressure on the government.

Gay people in Nazi Germany: how hate triumphs

17 November 2009
In recent weeks thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have come together to hold vigils and show their anger at the rise in homophobic violence.

The revolutions of 1989 - bringing down the Wall

03 November 2009
The events of autumn 1989, and the end of the East German state, can be traced back to the spring and summer before the Wall came down – and even further back in history as well.

Before, during and after - three DVDs about eastern Europe in 1989

03 November 2009
The Lives of Others is a gripping thriller focusing on the role of the East German secret police – the notorious Stasi – in mid-1980s Berlin.

French Resistance: Did the ‘Army of Crime‘ die for France?

06 October 2009
The French Resistance is often presented as a national liberation struggle. Both Communists and the followers of right wing General de Gaulle saw it as a nationalist movement against German occupation. It is only relatively recently that historians have written about the non-French fighters.

Interview with Christine Buchholz, newly elected German socialist MP

06 October 2009
Why was the Die Linke election campaign so successful? What were the main issues that it raised?

Polarisation across Europe brings left votes

06 October 2009
The media have been gloating about the plight of the left in the wake of the German federal elections a fortnight ago. "A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of socialism’s slow collapse", announced the New York Times last week.

BNP members at German Nazi festival

29 September 2009
A group of leading BNP members from the Midlands have been pictured speaking at a recent neo-Nazi rally in Germany. BNP organiser Mike Bell headed a group of British fascists, joining others from across Europe at a rock festival organised by the German fascist NPD group. This shows that the BNP is serious about building a network of fascist groups across Europe.

Have German voters shifted to the right?

29 September 2009
Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party was re-elected in Sunday’s German elections.

Breakthrough for German left

08 September 2009
The radical left Die Linke party made significant gains in the German state elections last month.

Stalin’s unholy alliance with Hitler

01 September 2009
When German foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop arrived in Moscow in August 1939 to meet his Russian counterpart, Russian dictator Joseph Stalin turned out to greet him.

Outbreak of the Second World War: Who were the ‘guilty men’?

01 September 2009
Prime minister Neville Chamberlain broadcast that Britain was in a state of war with Germany at 11.12am on 3 September 1939. The Second World War had begun two days earlier when the German dictator, Adolf Hitler, invaded Poland.

Do growth figures herald an economic recovery?

18 August 2009
Recent figures showing Japan, Hong Kong, France and Germany creeping out of the recession have been hailed in some quarters as heralding the end of the global economic crisis.

The fight against ‘mechanical Marxism’

02 June 2009
In September 1940 a German Jewish refugee committed suicide after he fled occupied France into Spain and was then told he would be turned over to Hitler’s Gestapo.

Lohengrin - Royal Opera House

05 May 2009
Richard Wagner’s operas represent the high point of German romanticism, a movement of protest against the alienation and fragmentation of the new industrial capitalism.

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