In 1984 there was a militant mood at the May Day rallies as the print
workers and engineering workers in Germany prepared for an offensive
struggle to achieve a reduction of the workweek without loss of pay. On
May Day 2005, 21 years later, a new round of defensive battles to
defend the 35-hour week started in the German printing industry.
The political situation in Germany is changing rapidly as one political earthquake has been followed by another over the last few days. In last Sunday’s regional elections, Chancellor Schröder’s Social Democratic Party lost its traditional stronghold in North Rhine Westphalia . The SPD saw their share of the vote fall to a level not seen since the mid-1950s.
The German economy is the largest in Europe. Since the recession of
2001, the German government has been claiming an economic upswing is imminent.
But are these predictions realistic? Christoph Mürdter analyses the real
direction of the German economy.