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Revolutions of 1989: how the old regime was torn down

Revolutions of 1989: how the old regime was torn down Revolt swept across Eastern Europe 25 years ago, toppling the Berlin Wall and the Stalinists who built it. The real socialists were cheering, argues Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Miliband won't lead the charge against the Tories

It was before the Berlin Wall fell and when Margaret Thatcher was prime minister that a Labour leader last spoke at the Durham Miner’s Gala.

Thousands support Occupy protest in Frankfurt

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.

Berlin elections: How Pirates raided the left

Local government elections in Berlin last week brought a sensational result—the Pirate Party boarded parliament with 8.9 percent of the vote.

Berlin’s wall of hypocrisy

The Berlin Wall was built 50 years ago this week, on 13 August 1961. For nearly 30 years, until its demolition in 1989, it served as a symbol of the division between the "free" West and the "Communist" East. The real story is a little more complicated.

Background: Mass protests brought down the barrier

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.

1989 revolutions: The end of a dream?

03 November 2009
The fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 were widely hailed as the triumph of free market capitalism.

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.

Berlin Wall: the Future Inside the Present

27 October 2009
Wolfgang Fuetterer and Michelle Letowska have taken a series of photographs of what was formerly the "death strip" – the no man’s land between two parallel fortifications commonly known as the Berlin Wall.

Living with the Wall, Berlin 1961-1989

08 September 2009
In the summer of 1989, I stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin with my uncle. Looking at the Berlin Wall, he told me that it would be there forever. He couldn’t imagine a Berlin without it. Yet within a few months it was history.

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.

Memory - Clwyd Theatr Cymru

09 September 2008
Eva, an ageing Jewish Holocaust survivor, who still lives in East Berlin, recounts the story of her life just after the Berlin Wall has fallen in 1990.

A party to lead the working class

30 October 2007
From Russia in 1905 to the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 the 20th century was an era of revolutions. Yet the Russian Revolution of 1917 was the only one that was successful in putting the working class in power. What was different about the 1917 revolution?

Germans protest against intervention in Afghan war

18 September 2007
Some 10,000 people marched in Berlin last Saturday against Germany’s role in the Afghanistan war.

Bauhaus photography in Leeds | Reds | The Good, the Bad and the Queen | Babel

27 January 2007
Bauhaus photography in Leeds Joost Schmidt's "Still life with prism and seahorse" (courtesy of the Bauhaus Archive, Berlin) is an example of the pioneering experimental photography produced by the Bauhaus sculpture workshop in the 1920s and 1930s.

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.

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.

Germany's biggest anti-cuts march

10 April 2004
GERMANY SAYS its biggest ever mobilisation for social justice and against cuts in social benefits took place on Saturday. More than 500,000 people, mostly workers, took to the streets-250,000 in the capital, Berlin, 120,000 in Cologne and 150,000 in Stuttgart. The German demonstrations were largely focused on the government of Gerhard Schršder, a coalition between the SPD (equivalent to the Labour Party in Britain) and the Greens.

Rote Fahne: the Red Flag of the German revolution

25 October 2003
In your area there may well be a longstanding Socialist Worker reader who has a video of the marvellous film about the Polish/German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg. If so, borrow it. Among other outstanding scenes is one where Rosa Luxemburg's friends implore her to leave Berlin as the forerunners of the Nazi stormtroopers hunt her down.

Strikes and protests add to turmoil

24 May 2003
DEMONSTRATIONS took place in Germany on Saturday against government plans to cut unemployment and other welfare benefits. The government wants to make it easier for bosses to sack workers. Over 10,000 marched in Berlin. The protests came as strikes in key sectors hotted up over a demand to cut working hours.

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