Publication Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (en) 2020 Annual Report

An overview of the year’s activities with a focus on “The State and Exception”



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October 2021

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2020 marked a turning point in many respects. The same was true for the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung. Much has changed over the 30 years of its existence; some changes we had to get used to,others we set in motion ourselves. This year’s Annual Report also differs from its predecessors. While we usually prepare by discussing various themes that we might focus on, this time the topic was more or less forced upon us.

New concepts govern our everyday life: lockdown, social distancing, home schooling, working from home. Supposedly older values are being rediscovered: solidarity, social cohesion, responsibility. The coronavirus has transformed society and our everyday life, and intensified global conflicts and social polarization. The economic and social effects are tangible. After one year, the poverty rate in Germany has risen to an historic level of 15.9 percent. According to the most recent poverty report by the Paritätische Wohlfahrtsverband, over 13 million people have been affected.

The foundation intervened in myriad ways in the debates about overcoming the crisis and its economic, social, and political ramifications. This includes studies like Ökonomisierungschulischer Bildung (The Economic Rationalization of School Education), Corona als Richtungsimpuls (“Resilience” in the Context of the Coronavirus Crisis), as well as our analyses of property-owning corporate consortia and their business practices on the Berlin real estate market, and our Atlas of the Stateless. In our online dossier Solidarity Against the Coronavirus, we compiled what a democratic politics of solidarity—both in Germany and on a global scale—should look like in a time of pandemic, what kind of politics is necessary to prevent social and economic dislocation, and how solidarity can be practically organized.


Focus: State and Exception
  • Political Education and the Challenges of the Pandemic
  • The Schools Have Covid
  • Is There a Contradiction Between Infection Protection and Basic Democratic Rights?
  • More Important Than Ever
  • Rosalux History
  • Solidarity Now!
  • Global Crisis – Global Solidarity
  • RLS-Supported Projects on the 2020 Thematic Focus
The Institute for Critical Social Analysis
  • Who Owns the City?
  • How We Learn to Win in Struggles
  • More Than a Question of Faith
  • The Gegenhalten Issue of LuXemburg Magazine
  • Changing Lanes
  • Fellows
The Academy for Political Education
  • The Wall Has Fallen on Our Feet
  • Marx for Everyone!
  • Why Do Wages Differ so Much?
  • Authoritarian Formations on the Rise
The Historical Centre for Democratic Socialism
  • New Space for Ideas and Perspectives, Knowledge, and Exchange
  • 75 Years Since the Liberation From Fascism
  • Happy Birthday, Friedrich Engels!
  • Paul Levi: The Non-Bolshevik
The RLS Network across Germany
  • Baden-Württemberg: For a Left-Wing Green New Deal and a Transport Turnaround
  • Bavaria: European Policy Forum
  • Berlin: The Structural Change in Lusatia Field Trip
  • Brandenburg: Studio Libertalia
  • Bremen: Voices of Resistance
  • Hamburg: Tracking Down Wealth in Hamburg
  • Hesse: SOS Europe—New Directions for Asylum Policy
  • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: Hoping for the Other
  • Lower Saxony: City. Country. Left.
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 100 Years Since the Ruhr Uprising
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: Right-Wing Terror and Institutional Racism
  • Saarland: The Marta Drumm Medal for Humanity
  • Saxony: Nach89.Org – A Multimedia Journey
  • Saxony-Anhalt: Fan.Tastic Females
  • Schleswig-Holstein: Not Expropriating is Also No Solution
  • Thuringia: Breaking the Silence 39
The Centre for International Dialogue and Cooperation
  • Global Work in the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Fashion. Power. People
  • A Different Kind of Globalization
  • Red Green New Deal
  • “I Expect Hunger and Social Revolt”
  • How Left-Wing Is International Law?
  • Minds of Their Own: Migrants in the GDR
  • Our International Offices
Funded Projects
The Scholarship Department
  • Work in Progress. Work on Progress
  • Lux Like Studium
  • Affiliate Trustees
Political Communication
  • “We Learned to Plan for Uncertainties”
  • Talking with Rosa About the Berlin Left
  • A Selection of Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Publications
Dispatches from the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
  • The Wait Is Over
  • The Door Handles Project
  • Women’s Power In Management
  • A New Dress For Rosa
  • Heinrich Fink Obituary
  • Horst Adam Obituary
  • The RLS Subsidiaries
  • The Future of Remembrance
Human Resources Development
  • The Meeting of the General Assembly
  • The Executive Board
  • Members of the Executive Board
  • The Academic Advisory Board
  • Members of the Academic Advisory Board
  • The Discussion Groups
Organizational Diagram
The RLS Budget
Image Credits/Imprint

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