Parti de l’égalité socialiste holds meeting in Paris against militarism and austerity
27 February 2018
On Sunday, the Parti de l’égalité socialiste (PES), the French section of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), held a meeting in Paris titled “No to the Merkel-Macron axis! For a socialist struggle of the European working class!” It exposed the militaristic plans underlying the attempt to form a Grand Coalition government in Germany under Chancellor Angela Merkel, which would work closely with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.
Several dozen people attended the meeting, including readers of the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) and a layer of immigrant youth concerned about Macron’s increasingly brutal and anti-democratic policies. The main speaker was Johannes Stern, a leading member of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP), the ICFI’s German section.
Stern reviewed the SGP’s comprehensive analysis of the coalition pact drafted by the Christian-Democratic (CDU/CSU) and Social-Democratic (SPD) parties. The Grand Coalition, he noted, would be the most right-wing German regime since the fall of the Nazis. Quoting from the pact, Stern exposed Berlin’s plans for mass detention, adopting the far-right Alternative for Germany’s (AfD) anti-refugee policy, broadly building up state surveillance and police state measures, and building an “army of Europeans.”
These plans involve doubling German military spending and exerting military influence across a vast area of the world’s surface where Germany has economic interests—including the Balkans, the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, and Russia, as well as Asia, Africa and Latin America. He pointed to…