June 13 saw many elections in Germany: European elections (which are the
only nationwide elections between two Federal general elections); state
parliament elections in Thuringia and local elections in 6 of the 16
German federal states.
400 people attended the “Socialism Days 2004” organised by Socialist
Alternative (SAV). It was an opportunity to discuss, debate, exchange
ideas and put forward a programme for the struggle against a system that
provides nothing but a grim future for workers, youth and poor masses
across the globe....
As socialistworld.net has previously reported, Germany has witnessed a
wave of protests and strikes both on the industrial and social fields,
as well as series of student strikes, towards the end of last year.
On 9 December, in Kassel, in Hessen state, the first cross sector local
work stoppage against social cuts, and in defence of free wage
bargaining, took place. This action is part of the current wave of
protests against the austerity policies that all the major German
political parties are trying to implement, at federal...
On 9 December, strike action against the bosses’ federation attacks on
wages and conditions and national bargaining will take place in Kassel
and the Northhessen region. The strikes will also be directed against
the social cuts imposed by the hated Christian Democrat led regional
“We are witnesses and protagonists of a newly- now unstoppable- broad
social protest movement in Germany. The mood…amongst the population, and
even more in the workplaces and councils, has turned in the past weeks”.
(From a special issue of the ver.di (united public sector and services
union) paper, 4...