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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.

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.

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.

Can countries become bankrupt?

03 March 2009
"There’s a rumour going around that states cannot go bankrupt," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said recently at a private bank event in Frankfurt. "This rumour is not true."

Letters

24 February 2009
Letters

The truth behind ‘Valkyrie’ and the coup against Hitler

27 January 2009
On 20 July 1944 a group of German army officers attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler by exploding a bomb in his Wolf’s Lair headquarters.

Hamas has the right to resist Israeli terror

20 January 2009
Herschel Grynszpan, a young Jewish man, walked into the German embassy in Paris in November 1938 and shot a Nazi diplomat dead.

Stop the War: Mobilising a mass response to imperialism

13 January 2009
Lindsey German introduced a session on imperialism and the Stop the War Coalition.

A split ruling class with no answer to the crisis

15 December 2008
Gordon Brown has been stung by remarks from Peer Steinbrück, the German finance minister, who described Britain’s response to the economic crisis as "crass Keynesianism".

Bernard Madoff: a Wall Street crook

15 December 2008
The German playwright Bertolt Brecht once asked, "What is the crime of robbing a bank compared to the crime of owning a bank?"

Berlin’s days of hope turned into despair

09 December 2008
The German Social Democratic Party (SPD) betrayed the ideas it had fought for for over 50 years when it decided to support the slaughter of the First World War.

Workers’ councils had power to run society

02 December 2008
Around a million German workers joined mass strikes against the First World War in January 1918, after almost four years of slaughter.

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