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What’s happening in Berlin on May 1, 2020?

Map: Authorised demonstrations on May 1st, 2020. If you want to join a demonstration, contact the organiser first to ensure that particpant numbers are not exceeded. We make no guarantee as to the accuracy of this information. May 1st — International Workers’ Day — is usually a major event in Berlin, with countless protests across […]

Guernica – a painting of our time

On the 83rd anniversary of the bombing of Guernica, we republish this article from our old Website, originally written for the 80th anniversary. 80 years ago Pablo Picasso painted one of his most famous works in response to the destruction of the Basque city of Guernica. Phil Butland explains why it is one of the […]

Solidarity from Brandenburg farmers in times of corona

Why this article? I decided to write this article in an attempt to bring a voice of encouragement and cohesion, as well as a voice from the farming community, to the table, given the fear and confusion now being experienced by so many. There is a simple explanation why I am writing as a farmer: […]

The Problem of Pablo Picasso

Introduction   Picasso poses a problem for the supporters of Marxist-Leninist view of socialist art. What ideology – both subjectively and objectively – did he represent? What are the advocates of realism in the arts to make of Picasso’s love of gross anatomical distortions? How do most people react to his, perhaps most famous work […]

Please stop telling me that everything‘s fine in Germany

It’s happened again [1]. A message was sent to a pro-Corbyn chat group, asking us to sign an open letter to Angela Merkel  [2]. The first paragraph of the letter (addressed directly to Merkel) goes like this: “Throughout the coronavirus outbreak – as so many times before – you have shown leadership for your country. […]

Macron and France in the Deluge

The epidemic in France has already claimed 2 000 lives, and it is early days yet. Two presidential speeches, Thursday 12th March and Monday 16th March, have transformed life in France, closing school, universities, non-essential shops, parks, cinemas, restaurants and so on. The speeches also transformed French politics, I think, for the next decade, and they […]