Militarism in Germany

Germany: Far-right AfD’s party conference strengthens völkisch-nationalist “wing”

By Peter Schwarz, 4 December 2019

The nationalist “wing” group (Der Flügel) in the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) around Björn Höcke and Andreas Kalbitz has emerged strengthened from its federal party conference.

NATO bitterly divided as London summit begins

By Alex Lantier, 3 December 2019

NATO heads of state arrived yesterday in London for a two-day summit beginning today, 70 years after NATO’s foundation in the aftermath of World War II in 1949.

Germany’s budget for 2020: Billions for rearmament and war

By Johannes Stern, 2 December 2019

Five years ago the grand coalition announced Germany’s return to an aggressive foreign and great power policy. The far-reaching consequences of such a policy are increasingly reflected in the current budget.

Right-wing German Army officer Franco A. to be charged for terrorism

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 2 December 2019

The details now made public strongly suggest that the 30-year-old ex-Army officer is a neo-Nazi terrorist.

German government plans new military interventions, massive rearmament

By Johannes Stern, 29 November 2019

The German army is preparing for new military interventions. The plans were announced by the German defence minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, on Monday at a Bundeswehr base in Saarland.

German student organisation bombarded with far-right hate mail

By Gregor Link, 25 November 2019

The University of Hamburg student organization has been bombarded with hate mail and threats of violence after students protested against a founding member of the far-right Alternative for Germany, Bernd Lucke, returning to his teaching post.

NATO riven by tensions between major powers

By Alex Lantier, 22 November 2019

The NATO foreign ministers summit in Brussels dealt with political fallout from French President Macron’s statement that the US-European alliance is “brain dead.”

German big business continues its new scramble for Africa

By Peter Schwarz, 22 November 2019

German big business is on the hunt for new markets, raw materials, investment opportunities and cheap labor.

German army recruits swear war oath in front of Reichstag building

By Gregor Link, 18 November 2019

Both Schäuble and Kramp-Karrenbauer have made clear in recent weeks that the time has come for the return of German imperialism to the world stage.

The German government’s “basic pension” bluff

By Marianne Arens, 15 November 2019

The new measure will not improve the lot of poor pensioners. Rather, the grand coalition government hopes to secure its survival so as to pursue its great power policies and militarist aims.

German defence minister calls for expansion of foreign military interventions

By Peter Schwarz, 11 November 2019

In a keynote address, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer declared, “there is broad agreement that, given the strategic challenges, Germany must ... “do more to defend our values and interests.”

German imperialism’s new drive for world power

By Johannes Stern, 7 November 2019

In a lecture on the theme of “Germany’s role in a globalised world,” the president of the parliament, Wolfgang Schäuble, called for a return to a foreign policy of military violence.

Halle, Germany: Government moves to establish a police state after fascist attack

By Gregor Link, 5 November 2019

The government is using the attack as a pretext to further arm the state apparatus and implement long-held plans to spy on journalists and Internet users.

Germany’s grand coalition extends military operations in Syria and Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 2 November 2019

Eighty years after the end of the Second World War, leading politicians from all parties openly advocate policies of war and military violence.

German state election: the Left Party’s policies open the way for the fascistic AfD

By Johannes Stern, 29 October 2019

The established parties were punished by the electorate for their right-wing and anti-working-class policies, but the main beneficiary is the far-right Alternative for Germany.

German media gripped by war fever

By Peter Schwarz, 28 October 2019

It is remarkable how little effort is made by the journalists to conceal their battle cries behind the usual phrases about “peace,” “human rights,” and “democracy.”

NATO defense ministers meet in Brussels to call for new Middle East wars

By Alex Lantier, 25 October 2019

NATO officials began a two-day summit yesterday in Brussels, calling for new military escalation in the Middle East after the debacle of their eight-year war in Syria.

No to the German-European security zone in Syria!

By Johannes Stern, 24 October 2019

The call by German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer for an international security zone in northern Syria marks a new stage in the revival of German militarism.

German defence minister visits Niger and Mali in preparation for massive combat operation in the Sahel

By Gregor Link, 17 October 2019

The German government is preparing to expand its Bundeswehr (Armed Forces) mission in Mali and Niger into a massive combat operation and to extend it indefinitely.

Thousands protest in Germany against right-wing violence following fascist Yom Kippur attack

By Marianne Arens, 14 October 2019

Last Wednesday’s attack in Halle by a heavily armed fascist, anti-Semite, on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, has evoked horror and a wave of solidarity protests against right-wing violence.

Germany: The election of the SPD leader and the decline of social democracy

By Ulrich Rippert, 14 October 2019

A glance at the list of candidates for the leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) makes clear the wealthy social layers that set the tone and whose reactionary programme they represent.

German Nazi murders two in Yom Kippur Synagogue attack

By Johannes Stern, 10 October 2019

The Nazi assault on the Halle synagogue is aimed at demonstrating that anti-Semitism is, once again, a significant political force in Germany.

Ahead of state election in German state of Thuringia

Left Party Minister President Bodo Ramelow lauds the right-wing CDU

By Johannes Stern, 3 October 2019

With its right-wing and pro-capitalist policies, the Left Party, whose predecessors reintroduced capitalism into East Germany 30 years ago, bears major responsibility for the rise of the far-right.

German government extends war mission in Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 25 September 2019

The Grand Coalition is continuing the German military mission in Syria and Iraq and will deploy the Bundeswehr beyond its current mandate in the region.

The fascist network behind the murder of Walter Lübcke

By Peter Schwarz, 25 September 2019

Three months after the murder of Kassel’s regional president, there is mounting evidence that the Christian Democratic politician was the victim of an extreme right-wing network reaching deep into the state security apparatus.

Fascism and militarism characterise debate in the German Bundestag

By Johannes Stern, 13 September 2019

While opposition to war and fascism is enormous among workers and youth, even 80 years after the beginning of World War II, the ruling class is returning to its authoritarian, militaristic and racist traditions.

Fascism and militarism characterise debate in the German Bundestag

By Johannes Stern, 13 September 2019

While opposition to war and fascism is enormous among workers and youth, even 80 years after the beginning of World War II, the ruling class is returning to its authoritarian, militaristic and racist traditions.

WikiLeaks exposes crimes of German imperialism

By Gregor Link, 6 September 2019

The German media has slandered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who faces possible life imprisonment or the death penalty in the US for making Washington’s war crimes public.

German president silent on the Holocaust at WWII memorial

By Peter Schwarz, 4 September 2019

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier failed to utter a word about the extermination of the Jews at a ceremony in Warsaw marking the 80th anniversary of World War II.

Germany: Xenophobic and anti-Semitic offences are rising sharply

By Isabel Roy, 2 September 2019

On average, there were 26 offences against immigrants or Jews each day in 2018.

German President Steinmeier and the Nazi massacre at Fivizzano

By Johannes Stern, 29 August 2019

Steinmeier cannot and does not want to speak about the origins of Nazi terror, because the ruling class is in the process of returning to an aggressive and imperialist foreign policy, and rehabilitating its fascist traditions.

German Socialist Equality Party answers legal document from Verfassungsschutz Secret Service

By Peter Schwarz, 28 August 2019

A legal brief submitted to the Berlin District Court by the SGP said Germany’s Secret Service was abusing its “constitutional role in a legally impermissible manner” when it “stigmatises criticism of the capitalist system as ‘anti-constitutional’.”

German defence minister visits troops in Jordan and Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 23 August 2019

The message of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was the same everywhere: The German army should continue and even expand its operations in the resource-rich Middle East.

Germany: Ex-intelligence chief campaigns for Christian Democrats and far-right AfD

By Ulrich Rippert, 19 August 2019

Maassen is organizing election meetings in which there are often more supporters of the far-right AfD than CDU voters.

Three-star general stands for far-right Alternative for Germany in mayoral election

By Christopher Lehmann, 14 August 2019

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has selected Joachim Wundrak, a former Luftwaffe lieutenant-general, as its candidate for the Hannover mayoral election on October 27.

The German media and Julian Assange: Silence and slander

By Gregor Link and Johannes Stern, 13 August 2019

Over a week after a US federal court threw out a civil case brought by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) against Julian Assange, the German media has been dominated by an embarrassed silence.

German government and Greens promote military mission in Persian Gulf

By Johannes Stern, 10 August 2019

The German ruling class is intensifying its campaign for a European war mission in the Persian Gulf. Especially aggressive are the leaders of the Green party.

German politicians and media urge military action in the Persian Gulf

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 1 August 2019

The more the US pushes ahead with its preparations for war against Iran, the louder the voices will become in Europe that are pushing for military action.

Die Zeit editor Jochen Bittner condemns “German pacifism”

By Johannes Stern, 31 July 2019

An op-ed by Bittner in the New York Times treats the German population’s aversion to war as a problem to be overcome.

Germany: New defence minister demands more money, recognition for the armed forces

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 July 2019

The change at the top of the Defence Ministry is linked to an intense campaign for military rearmament.

New draconian police law introduced in Germany

By Tino Jacobson and Marianne Arens, 29 July 2019

With its new police law, the state government of the SPD and CDU is covering up the activities of far-right forces and at the same time implementing AfD policy.

German government uses 75th anniversary of plot to kill Hitler to promote rearmament and war

By Johannes Stern, 27 July 2019

It is only logical that the German ruling class hails the assassins of July 20, who were extreme nationalists and deeply involved in Nazi crimes.

Germany: Racist assassination attempt on Eritrean man

By Marianne Arens, 26 July 2019

On Monday a man from Eritrea was gunned down on the street and seriously injured in the town of Wächtersbach in the state of Hesse.

Stop the right-wing conspiracy! Defend the SGP against the Verfassungsschutz secret service!

Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 26 July 2019

The German Verfassungsschutz has produced a 56-page response to the lawsuit filed by the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party—SGP) challenging its official designation as a “left-wing extremist” organisation subject to state surveillance. The government’s response is an angry diatribe against Marxism and every form of socialist and progressive thought.

German Christian Democrat leader Kramp-Karrenbauer to become new defence minister

By Ulrich Rippert, 19 July 2019

The decision part of a shift to the right characterised by a vast programme of military rearmament.

Germany’s Grand Coalition intensifies war policy in the Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 12 July 2019

The German government wants to step up the German army’s war mission in Syria.

German minister of defence to head European Commission

By Peter Schwarz, 4 July 2019

The proposal is aimed at developing the European Union into a military superpower under German-French domination .

The global war on refugees

By Will Morrow, 3 July 2019

All over the world, immigrants are being systematically persecuted by capitalist governments, which are increasingly adopting the policies of the extreme right.

Students block right-wing think tank on “Dictatorship Research” at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality at Humboldt University, 29 June 2019

The attempt of far-right professor and Eastern European historian Jörg Baberowski to set up a think tank at Humboldt University has failed.

Lübcke’s murderer was part of vast underground German neo-Nazi terrorist network

By Johannes Stern, 28 June 2019

Stephen Ernst, the assassin of CDU politician Walter Lübcke, acted as part of a neo-Nazi network with close ties to the right-wing terrorist National Socialist Underground.

Two German fighter jets collide in midair during practice flight

By Marianne Arens, 28 June 2019

Following the collision of two fighter planes, which resulted in the death of one pilot, German media outlets expressed their outrage at the lack of patriotism in the response of the population.

EU powers build joint “Future Combat Air System”

European Union rearms for World War III

By Johannes Stern, 21 June 2019

At the Le Bourget air show the defence ministers of Germany, France and Spain signed major agreements to develop a joint European air combat system.

Left Party to enter state government in West Germany for the first time

By Peter Schwarz, 17 June 2019

Following the recent defeat of the SPD and Greens in Bremen, the Left Party is securing both parties a majority and joining the state government to continue their despised policies.

German police threaten climate change protesters

By Harold Hambacher, 17 June 2019

Police are treating youth concerned about climate change like criminals.

German parliament passes draconian deportation law

By Peter Schwarz, 12 June 2019

The new law against refugees and immigrants is an integral part of an attack on the democratic rights of the entire working class.

Germany: Investigation into October Festival bombing to be concluded

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 4 June 2019

After the bombing attack, the investigating authorities sought to bury the links between the bomber and neo-Nazi and far right terrorist networks.

Pompeo visit exposes deepening tensions between Germany and US

By Peter Schwarz, 3 June 2019

In his visit to Berlin, US Secretary of State Pompeo reiterated long-standing differences and restated Washington's threats against Germany.

Bavarian State Regiment

German government prepares troops for domestic missions

By Tino Jacobson and Peter Schwarz, 18 May 2019

With the pilot project of a Bavarian “state regiment,” the German federal government is secretly and unconstitutionally creating an armed homeland security force.

The German ruling class fears the spectre of socialism

By Johannes Stern, 6 May 2019

What the ruling class fears is the growing social and political opposition of workers and young people, which is breaking out in Germany, Europe and around the world.

German government backs attempted right-wing coup in Venezuela

By Johannes Stern, 3 May 2019

In a joint press release with the far-right Brazilian government, the German Foreign Ministry gave its unconditional backing to the criminal attempted coup in Venezuela.

Germany’s IT Security Act 2.0: Another step towards a police state

By Wolfgang Weber, 22 April 2019

The German government’s new legislation must be seen in connection with the arrest of Julian Assange and his imminent extradition to the US.

German government adopts new law to expand immigrant deportations

By Peter Schwarz, 19 April 2019

With its new law, the grand coalition is in effect enforcing the far-right policies of the Alternative for Germany.

German parliament celebrates 70 years of NATO and demands escalation of military rearmament

By Johannes Stern, 10 April 2019

Politicians from the governing and opposition parties took turns in hailing the largest military alliance in history and demanded an escalation of German rearmament.

Germany assumes UN Security Council chair while accelerating rearmament

By Johannes Stern, 4 April 2019

Germany, which began a two-year term on the UN Security Council at the New Year, took over as chair of the body on Monday.

German government wants its own aircraft carrier

By Johannes Stern, 18 March 2019

The current German grand coalition’s military and rearmament plans leave no doubt that the ruling class is preparing once again for large-scale warfare.

Socialist Equality Party April meeting series: “The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight it”

Christoph Vandreier, German Trotskyist and prominent opponent of fascism, to speak in US

By our reporters, 5 March 2019

Vandreier is the deputy national secretary of the Sozialistiche Gleichheitspartei (SGP) and author of the newly published book, Why are They Back? Historical Falsification, Political Conspiracy and the Return of Fascism in Germany.

Secret Service barred from making probe of far-right Alternative for Germany public

By Peter Schwarz, 4 March 2019

The Cologne Administrative Court has banned the Secret Service from publicly designating the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) as a “test case,” its lowest level of scrutiny.

New revelations of right-wing terrorist network in German army

By Gregor Link, 22 February 2019

A former member of the German army’s elite Commando Special Forces confirmed that a terrorist network within the German state apparatus is planning the murder of political opponents and a fascist revolt for “Day X.”

Imperialist conflicts dominate Munich Security Conference

By Peter Schwarz, 18 February 2019

The Munich Security Conference, which ended yesterday, laid bare a capitalist world order rapidly breaking apart and heading for disaster.

Munich Security Conference

German defence minister advocates German-European war policy

By Johannes Stern, 16 February 2019

Almost 75 years after the end of World War II, the imperialist powers are openly preparing for a new round of military conflicts.

Munich Security Conference overshadowed by rising great power conflicts

By Peter Schwarz, 15 February 2019

The conference will be dominated by the preparations of the US and its allies for war against Russia and China, and the deepening conflicts between the Western allies.

Germany: Social Democrats modernise austerity

By Peter Schwarz, 13 February 2019

The SPD passed the “Hartz IV” laws 14 years ago, implementing welfare “reforms” and laying the foundations for a huge low-pay sector and widespread poverty.

German army initiates military cooperation with Deutsche Bahn railway company

By Tino Jacobson, 12 February 2019

The railway company, 100 percent of which is controlled by the federal state, is increasingly being subordinated to the needs of German militarism and imperialism.

AfD deputy denounces a Holocaust commemoration in German parliament

By Christoph Vandreier, 7 February 2019

Seventy-four years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the crimes of the Nazi regime are being downplayed in the German Bundestag (parliament) without triggering any significant protest.

German defence report sparks hysterical campaign for increased military spending

By Johannes Stern, 2 February 2019

The ruling class and its parties are pursing massive rearmament plans and preparing Germany for war.

German SPD politician justifies murder of Rosa Luxemburg

By Peter Schwarz, 18 January 2019

Although the SPD continues to officially deny its complicity in the murder of Luxemburg and Liebknecht, Wolfgang Thierse, former president of the federal parliament, has now declared: We would do it again.

Right-wing Humboldt University Professor Jorg Baberowski threatens students

By the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 17 January 2019

Baberowski is using his Twitter and Facebook accounts to incite his right-wing periphery against students who criticize his racist and reactionary statements.

Germany deports more refugees to Afghanistan

By Marianne Arens, 11 January 2019

On Monday night, a further 36 refugees were deported to Kabul, including a number who had lived and worked for years in Germany and had no idea they were at risk.

Socialist Equality Party takes legal action against surveillance by German secret service

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 10 January 2019

Dr. Peer Stolle, the lawyer for the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, has submitted formal notice in writing to the German Federal Agency for the Protection of the Constitution, which is published here.

German media demand accelerated rearmament

By Peter Schwarz, 7 January 2019

Editorials in leading German publications are marked by a mixture of fear and aggression as the new year begins.

Scuffles in German city of Amberg exploited to incite right-wing campaign

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 5 January 2019

Politicians from Bavaria and Berlin have been lining up to outdo each other with proposals for more restrictive asylum laws.

German army plans recruitment of EU foreigners

By Johannes Stern, 3 January 2019

Berlin is now using the lack of prospects and sheer desperation of young people to recruit cannon fodder for the German war policy.

German AfD parliamentarian joins weapons drill of far-right group in South Africa

By Johannes Stern, 31 December 2018

Petr Bystron, an AfD member of the Bundestag, took part in shooting exercises of the far-right paramilitary “Suidlanders” during an official parliamentary trip to South Africa.

Germany’s Der Spiegel spreads fake news

By Peter Schwarz, 27 December 2018

Der Spiegel has responded to the revelation that it spread invented "news" with an admission of guilt, self-pity and attempts to shift the blame.

European powers condemn Trump’s withdrawal from Syria

By Johannes Stern, 24 December 2018

Trump’s planned withdrawal of US troops from Syria and the subsequent resignation of defence secretary James Mattis have provoked a fierce response from European leaders.

Neo-Nazi network in the German police force

By Peter Schwarz, 20 December 2018

The ruling class is promoting and covering up for extreme right-wing forces in the police.

Fascist cell uncovered in German police force

By Marianne Arens, 19 December 2018

Evidence has emerged that a neo-fascist cell active in the German police has threatened immigrant families and their children.

German army to acquire new tank battalion

By Johannes Stern, 13 December 2018

The expansion of its tank divisions is part of Germany’s comprehensive plans for the upgrading of all of its military forces.

Merkel backs Ukrainian provocations against Russia

By Peter Schwarz, 1 December 2018

Chancellor Angela Merkel has sharply attacked Russia at the German-Ukrainian Economic Forum, declaring that Putin is fully responsible for the present conflict.

German grand coalition government passes war budget

By Johannes Stern, 27 November 2018

On November 14, Germany’s grand coalition government passed a bill that will increase the country’s military budget by a massive 12 percent.

Left Party in Germany supports the French president’s call for a European army

By Johannes Stern, 24 November 2018

The fact that Emmanuel Macron’s appeal has been applauded by the Left Party speaks volumes about the pro-imperialist and anti-worker character of the organisation.

A terrorist network inside the German Army

By Peter Schwarz, 17 November 2018

The right-wing extremist conspiracy inside the Bundeswehr (Armed Forces) is tolerated, covered up and supported by the highest authorities inside the state and politics.

German chancellor calls for a “real European army”

By Johannes Stern, 16 November 2018

Merkel’s call for a “real European army” in Strasbourg underscores the reactionary traditions evoked by the ruling elites in Germany and Europe.

At least 200 soldiers in German Army neo-Nazi terror network

By Christopher Lehmann and Johannes Stern, 15 November 2018

The latest revelations suggest that at least 200 active duty and retired soldiers are involved in a neo-Nazi terror network that planned to assassinate political opponents.

German president defends alliance against November 1918 Revolution between Social Democrats and right-wing reaction

By Peter Schwarz, 14 November 2018

At a memorial meeting of the German parliament, President Steinmeier justified the suppression of the proletarian revolution of November 1918.

The armistice of November 11, 1918 and the lessons for today

By Nick Beams, 12 November 2018

The silencing of the guns 100 years ago was not the end of the bloodshed and carnage but was simply the conclusion of the first phase of what was to become a thirty-year international war between the major capitalist powers.

Hans-Georg Maassen: A right-wing extremist at the head of the German secret service

By Peter Schwarz, 7 November 2018

Recent developments have made clear that Germany’s secret service has been run by a right-wing extremist for the past six and a half years.

Germany: Der Spiegel idealises far-right leader Björn Höcke

By Peter Schwarz, 7 November 2018

The German weekly Der Spiegel has published a flattering portrait of Björn Höcke in its issue of October 27.

German Social Democrats demand right-wing replacement for Merkel

By Peter Schwarz, 5 November 2018

Leading figures in the Social Democratic Party have called for a right-wing candidate to become the new leader of their coalition partner, the Christian Democratic Union.

With Merkel’s withdrawal, German grand coalition accelerates lurch to the right

By Ulrich Rippert, 31 October 2018

The German Chancellor has made clear that despite mounting popular opposition, the grand coalition will intensify military rearmament, the police-state buildup and its ties to the extreme right.