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Germany

Germany 1918-19: when reformists murdered a revolutionary movement

Towards the end of the First World War, as the Russian Tsar's armies faced defeat, the workers of St. Petersburg and the city's garrison rose in revolution. Ten months later, under the leadership of the Bolshevik Party, they had established a republic based on workers' soldiers' and peasants' councils. The Bolsheviks, as they had promised, took Russia out of the war. Read more...

Germany: school students take the streets

More than 100.000 school students in more than 40 cities and towns all over the country took the streets to protest against the neo-liberal attacks on education launched by the government and the bosses. Read more...

Youth against militarism: The legacy of Karl Liebnecht

The life of Karl Liebknecht spanned the period between two European wars. Born August 13th 1871 in the aftermath of the Franco Prussian War, he was murdered by the hirelings of the German military and capitalists on January 15th 1919. His life was dedicated to, end ultimately sacrificed for, three inseparably linked causes the organization of working siege youth Into a conscious movement, the struggle against militarism and imperialist war end the fight for proletarian revolution. Read more...

Public sector strikes in Germany

In the last week, Germany has been shaken by the broadest strike wave for decades, reports Peter Main. Read more...

German Train Drivers' Union leaders prepare to call off strike

Many people will assume that, after months of struggle and various deceptive manoeuvres by the employers’ side, the beginning of negotiations must mean that the rail bosses have made some kind of movement towards the union. Certainly workers are used to the leaders of the main trade union confederation, the DGB, exaggerating the importance of even the smallest compromises in order to find a reason for calling off militant action. In the case of the train drivers’ strike, however, that is not the case. Read more...

Rosa Luxemburg - Revolutionary fighter

"In Rosa Luxemburg the socialist idea was a dominating and powerful passion of both heart and brain, a truly creative passion which burned ceaselessly. The great task and the over-powering ambition of this astonishing woman was to prepare the way for social revolution, to clear the path of history for socialism. To experience the revolution, to fight its battles, that was the highest happiness for her. With a will, determination, selflessness and devotion for which words are too weak, she consecrated her whole like and her whole being to socialism, not only in her tragic death, but throughout her whole like, daily and hourly, through the struggles of many years. She was the sharp sword, the living flame of the revolution." Clara Zetkin. Read more...

The resistible rise of German imperialism

The Grand Coalition government of Chancellor Angela Merkel continues to press forward to the formation of a European imperialist bloc under the leadership of Germany and France. Here Martin Suchanek looks at the threat of a resurgent imperialist power Read more...

After the violent police assaults on the mass demonstration one thing is clear: they cannot break our resistance!

The events of recent days during the mass protests against the G8 summit in North Germany are of extraordinary importance. Rostock became a microcosm not only of imperialist “democracy” but also of the resistance against capitalist globalisation. Read more...

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