The swift angry and determined answer of the workers at Opel’s Ruhr area
factory in Bochum to General Motor’s announcement of 12,000 redundancies
throughout Europe has seized the headlines in Germany. They immediately
went on strike to stop this threat. GM’s plans would mean 4,000 of
Socialist Alternative, the German section of the cwi, scored a great
victory in Sunday’s local elections in North Rhine Westphalia, winning
two more councillors after initiating and heading two left electoral
lists against social cuts in the cities of Aachen and Cologne.
Today 79% of east Germans and 51% of west Germans think that Socialism
is a "good idea" that was "only badly implemented" in the former Soviet
Union and eastern Europe. That is the judgement after 15 years of
capitalist unification. Clearly in the midst of the current determined
campaign by the...