Militarism in Germany

Oppose right-wing ideology at Humboldt University: An open letter to Professor Thomas Sandkühler

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 16 November 2016

The IYSSE at Humboldt University in Berlin is protesting against the attempt to suppress legitimate criticism of the right-wing historian Jörg Baberowski.

German parliament backs extension of military operations in Iraq and Syria

By Justus Leicht, 14 November 2016

German troops are engaged in a wide-scale military combat mission in the Middle East, having been granted permission to “use military force”.

Hamburg student committee protests appearance by Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 14 November 2016

Growing numbers of students are no longer prepared to accept the transformation of their universities into centres of war propaganda and militarism.

German media calls for massive rearmament after US elections

By Johannes Stern, 9 November 2016

The German elites are using the US presidential election to promote the return of German militarism.

German think tank demands greater foreign policy independence from the US

By Johannes Stern, 4 November 2016

Just days before the US presidential election, the German government-aligned Foreign Policy Institute (SWP) published a paper calling for a more independent German foreign policy.

Bremen University student body protests against Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Christoph Vandreier, 19 October 2016

This and similar protests in Germany demonstrate that students are not prepared to tolerate the transformation of the universities into right-wing and militarist think tanks.

German media in war mode over Syria

By Peter Schwarz, 18 October 2016

German editorial writers and leading members of the Greens are calling for military intervention in Syria and for “toughness against Russia.”

Scholarship, not war propaganda!

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 18 October 2016

As the new academic year begins at German universities this week, the IYSSE is distributing the following statement to first-year students.

German government expands military operations in the Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 14 October 2016

In future, German soldiers will monitor Syrian airspace on board NATO’s AWACS reconnaissance planes.

German Chancellor Merkel backs oppressive Ethiopian regime

By Johannes Stern, 13 October 2016

Just two days prior to the chancellor’s arrival, the Ethiopian regime declared a six-month state of emergency in order to take even more brutal measures against widespread protests.

German media steps up drumbeat for war and militarism

By Johannes Stern, 6 October 2016

Articles in two prominent newspapers urge intensification of the war drive despite the opposition of the population.

Police state preparations in Dresden for German Unity Day

By Marianne Arens and Ulrich Rippert, 3 October 2016

Some 2,600 police officers have been mobilised, including a special unit of the Saxony state police and the elite GSG 9 force.

German Left Party on a war footing for participation in federal government

By Johannes Stern, 27 September 2016

The Left Party has reacted to the recent Berlin state election with a sharp shift to the right.

Germany: Green-conservative coalition in Baden-Württemberg backs domestic army operations

By Anna Rombach and Marianne Arens, 24 September 2016

The coalition under Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) and Thomas Strobl (CDU) has become a spearhead of militarism, austerity and attacks on refugees.

Germany and France press ahead with a European military union

By Johannes Stern, 23 September 2016

A joint paper by the German and French defence ministers calls for the development of an independent European military and great power policy.

European Commission President Juncker calls for state-build up and war

By Johannes Stern, 15 September 2016

Two days before Friday's post-Brexit summit in Bratislava, Jean-Claude Juncker warned that the EU faces “an existential crisis” and called for police-state build-up and war.

Germany, France propose EU military alliance before post-Brexit summit

By Alex Lantier, 13 September 2016

In response to Brexit, Berlin and Paris aim to transform the EU into a military alliance capable of waging major wars abroad and large-scale repression at home.

German government plans massive expansion of spy services

By Sven Heymann, 13 September 2016

The strengthening of the German intelligence agencies is part of a comprehensive buildup of the state apparatus at home and abroad.

German weekly Die Zeit defends Al Qaeda

By Peter Schwarz, 13 September 2016

Die Zeit is angry that the Russian-American accord on Syria instructs the “moderate rebels” to distance themselves from Al Qaeda.

“The danger of a third world war was never as great as it is today”

PSG candidate in Berlin election speaks on German television

By our correspondents, 12 September 2016

Christoph Vandreier made clear that the PSG is the only party in the Berlin Senate election campaign drawing attention to the war danger and mobilising the working class against it.

German army steps up military intervention in Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 9 September 2016

According to media reports, the German army will massively expand its presence at the Incirlik air base in southeastern Turkey.

The repulsive spectacle of the Berlin Senate election television debate

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 September 2016

The debate took place Tuesday night between the leading candidates for multiple parties standing in the election to the Berlin Senate on September 18.

German Luftwaffe begin NATO patrols over the Baltic

By Johannes Stern, 5 September 2016

NATO’s growing operations in Eastern Europe heighten the danger of direct conflict with a nuclear-armed Russia.

German military desperate for new recruits

By Ludwig Weller, 5 September 2016

The aim of the current recruitment campaign is to solve the Bundeswehr’s manpower problem and win over young people for Germany’s war drive.

Warmongers united: Germany’s Left Party welcomes former top army general

By Johannes Stern, 3 September 2016

On World Peace Day, the German Left Party invited the former Chief of Staff of the Bundeswehr and chairman of the NATO military committee to a meeting in Hannover.

German armed forces prepare for domestic operations

By Peter Schwarz, 3 September 2016

Next February, for the first time, the German armed forces will engage in domestic exercises—a political turning point and a clear breach of the German constitution.

Berlin police to be armed with potentially lethal tasers

By Johannes Stern, 2 September 2016

Tasers are anything but harmless weapons. Human rights organisations have repeatedly pointed out that electric shock is particularly dangerous for people with weak hearts.

PSG election campaign: Anger at the government’s new civil defence guidelines

By our correspondents, 31 August 2016

Berliners discuss the growing war danger and social conditions in the capital with supporters of the Socialist Equality Party.

German chancellor demands loyalty from Turkish citizens in Germany

By Christoph Vandreier, 27 August 2016

The return of Germany to an aggressive foreign policy is being accompanied by the racist stigmatising of entire sections of the population.

Merkel seeks to reorganise Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 27 August 2016

This week the German chancellor met with 15 of the 27 EU leaders to set out the EU’s future course and ensure that Germany dictates the proceedings.

Stop the German government’s preparations for war!

By Socialist Equality Party of Germany, 25 August 2016

The “Civil Defence Concept” presented by German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Wednesday proposes a range of measures to prepare the population for war.

German interior minister supports partial ban on the burqa

By Johannes Stern, 24 August 2016

The campaign in Germany for domestic repression and war is assuming ever more openly racist forms.

German population told to stockpile food in case of war

By Sven Heymanns, 24 August 2016

Germany’s new civil defence plan underscores how the issue of war has returned to daily life 75 years after the catastrophe of World War II.

On the death of German historian Ernst Nolte

By Christoph Vandreier and Peter Schwarz, 20 August 2016

Nolte is infamous for initiating the Historikerstreit (Historians’ Dispute) in 1986 with his downplaying of National Socialism and the worst crimes in human history.

German report criticizing Turkey highlights growing tensions within NATO

By Johannes Stern, 19 August 2016

Relations within NATO have reached new lows, four weeks after the failed military coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

German media steps up anti-Russian agitation

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 August 2016

Over the past week, virtually every leading newspaper in Germany has published articles denouncing Russia for its intervention in Syria, Ukraine, or both.

How Germany’s pseudo-lefts support the Left Party’s right-wing politics

By Peter Schwarz, 13 August 2016

Two pseudo-left tendencies within the Left Party—Marx21 and SAV—paint a devastating picture of the Left Party when it was in power in Berlin.

German Social Democratic Party leader calls for strengthening of federal police

By Dietmar Henning, 11 August 2016

The SPD intends to press ahead with the construction of a paramilitary police force and avoid challenging the separation of the police and army laid down in Germany’s constitution.

German defence minister announces domestic use of Armed Forces

By Johannes Stern, 6 August 2016

The minister left no doubt that “in an emergency”, the Armed Forces would not only handle “logistics,” but would “also provide military support.”

What is behind the campaign against Erdogan?

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 August 2016

German politicians are demanding firm measures against Turkey and the break-off of accession talks to the EU.

The origins of the attack in Ansbach, Germany

By Christoph Vandreier, 28 July 2016

Even as the terror attack is being exploited to press ahead with the strengthening of the state and agitation against refugees there is silence on the true source of the violent outburst.

Massive police operation in Munich—an attack on democracy

By Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 25 July 2016

The shooting spree by an 18-year-old in Munich is serving as a pretext to implement long-standing emergency plans and a state of emergency.

The Munich shooting spree and the Americanization of German society

By Christoph Vandreier and Peter Schwarz, 25 July 2016

The massive police operation in Munich, as well as the reaction of many media outlets and politicians, showsthat the tragic event is being used to justify a new law-and-order campaign.

German Left Party and Greens: Warmongering after the attack in Nice

By Johannes Stern, 18 July 2016

Seizing on the murderous attack in southern France, two leading members of the German Left and Green parties demanded an intensified military intervention in Syria and Iraq.

“No more war, ever!”: PSG presents posters for Berlin state election

By Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 18 July 2016

The PSG’s election campaign connects the struggle against social cuts and war with the struggle against their source—capitalism.

Major police operation in Berlin prepares law-and-order election campaign

By Verena Nees, 16 July 2016

Last weekend, 1,000 police were illegally deployed in Berlin against 1,800 protesters, provoking a street battle.

White Paper 2016: Another step in the revival of German militarism

By Johannes Stern, 15 July 2016

On Wednesday, the German federal cabinet adopted the long announced “White Paper 2016 on German Security Policy and the Future of the Bundeswehr.”

German militarism on display at NATO summit

By Johannes Stern, 13 July 2016

Two years after German officials announced plans to remilitarise the country, media outlets are warning of preparations for “total war.”

Merkel calls for German rearmament ahead of NATO summit

By Johannes Stern, 9 July 2016

At the heart of the chancellor’s speech was a justification for war preparations against Russia, which NATO is slated to announce in Warsaw this weekend.

NATO convenes summit in Warsaw to make war preparations against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 8 July 2016

The measures to be decided on by the western military alliance in the Polish capital will further escalate the threat of war in Europe.

German arms exports almost doubled in 2015

By Johannes Stern, 8 July 2016

In all probability, German arms exports will increase again this year.

Brexit and the return of European militarism

By Johannes Stern, 5 July 2016

The European Union has reacted to the outcome of the referendum on UK membership of the European Union by calling for the militarization of the continent.

Brexit vote heightens tensions in Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 1 July 2016

Last week’s vote by the United Kingdom has been met by an intensified drive by Germany to exert dominance over the European continent.

Merkel announces massive military buildup

By Johannes Stern, 24 June 2016

That Germany plans an unprecedented military buildup was clear from the speech given by the chancellor Tuesday night to the Business Forum of the CDU in Berlin.

Seventy-five years since the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union

By Barry Grey, 22 June 2016

The war against the Soviet Union expressed the essence of the Nazi regime, which had been brought to power by the German bourgeoisie to destroy the workers movement and end the threat of socialist revolution.

German interior minister advocates auxiliary police force

By Dietmar Henning, 22 June 2016

As in the 1930s, the ruling elite in Germany is responding to growing class conflict with the increased arming of the state and police forces.

German general calls for new tanks against Russia

By Marianne Arens, 15 June 2016

The rearmament of the German armed forces and calls for its use at home are being accompanied by a large-scale propaganda offensive orchestrated by the Ministry of Defence.

NATO orders four additional battalions to Russian border

By Thomas Gaist, 14 June 2016

The deployments are among the most provocative actions taken by the NATO high command in the course of its anti-Russian buildup, now well into its second year.

The return of German militarism to Eastern Europe

By Johannes Stern, 11 June 2016

Germany’s Armed Forces are playing an increasingly prominent role in the NATO deployment in Eastern Europe, which serves to openly prepare a war against Russia.

German government tightens anti-terror laws

By Johannes Stern, 6 June 2016

Throughout Europe, the terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris are being used as a pretext for constructing a police state, just as happened in the US following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

What is behind the Armenian resolution passed by the German parliament?

By Johannes Stern, 4 June 2016

On Thursday, the German parliament passed a resolution describing the mass murder of up to 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as “genocide.”

German Green Party leader confronts Jörg Baberowski with his war propaganda

By Christoph Vandreier and Peter Schwarz, 1 June 2016

The national chair of the Green Party confronted Professor Baberowski on the “Maybrit Illner” talk show with his demand to employ the methods of a war of extermination to fight terrorists.

Right-wing German academic Jörg Baberowski demands more repression against refugees

By Christoph Vandreier, 31 May 2016

At the Phil.Cologne congress, the Humboldt University professor declared that “men in Germany” were helpless against refugees because they had forgotten how to fight.

German chancellor boosts anti-refugee deal in visit to Turkey

By Peter Schwarz, 26 May 2016

Angela Merkel traveled to Turkey last week in an attempt to shore up the deal stuck between Turkey and the EU to block refugees from entering Europe.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung lobbies for militarism and war

By Johannes Stern, 26 May 2016

The mouthpiece of the Frankfurt banks has provided a platform for former general Wolf Poulet to advocate an aggressive German war policy.

Further evidence of ties between German neo-Nazi group and domestic intelligence agency

By Dietmar Henning, 25 May 2016

How could 10 murders, bomb attacks and a series of bank robberies take place under the noses of the police and intelligence agencies?

German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung demands military deterrence against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 23 May 2016

In the lead-up to the NATO summit in Poland in early July the professional warmongers in the German media are intensifying calls for a military build-up in Eastern Europe.

German government steps up military intervention in Africa

By our reporter, 19 May 2016

Separate missions in Mali and the Horn of Africa are aimed at strengthening Germany’s economic and strategic interests in Africa by military means.

German defence minister announces military expansion

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 May 2016

Following a dramatic increase in the defence budget, the German government has now announced a “personnel about-face.”

German army prepares for cyberwar

By Johannes Stern, 2 May 2016

Contrary to claims that the new department only serves for “defence” against cyber-attacks, the final report makes clear that the Bundeswehr is preparing for offensive cyberwarfare.

The German chancellor’s PR tour in Turkish refugee camps

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 29 April 2016

The trip by the German chancellor and EU Council president to the refugee camp at Nizip resembled a visit to a Potemkin village.

IYSSE meetings in Germany oppose militarism and war

By our correspondents, 29 April 2016

The IYSSE held public meetings in Bochum, Frankfurt and Berlin to discuss the return of German militarism and the danger of a third world war.

Obama in Germany: New joint aggression and growing imperialist rivalries

By Johannes Stern, 26 April 2016

Obama’s fifth trip to Germany was aimed primarily at expanding imperialist aggression in the Middle East and NATO’s military build-up against Russia.

Berlin college rector protests police intervention

By Verena Nees, 26 April 2016

On April 2, around 30 police stormed into Alice-Salomon College, forced all students and tutors present into the main auditorium, blocked all exits and collected personal information.

German government backs draconian refugee “integration” law

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 22 April 2016

The planned legislation does nothing to help refugees, but is instead an attack on basic democratic rights.

German vice chancellor praises the hangman of Cairo

By Johannes Stern, 21 April 2016

“In my opinion you have an impressive president,” said Social Democratic Chairman Sigmar Gabriel, speaking in Cairo of the Egyptian despot Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

German Chancellor Merkel gives green light for prosecution of satirist Jan Böhmermann

By Peter Schwartz, 16 April 2016

The prosecution of Böhmermann for his denunciations of the Turkish president sets a precedent for censorship and political repression in Germany.

White Paper 2016: Blueprint for a new German police and military state

By Johannes Stern, 15 April 2016

The paper dispenses with the limitations imposed on German imperialism following its defeat in two world wars and amounts to a blueprint for a new German police and military state.

German military to station Heron drones in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 7 April 2016

The defence minister’s visit to troops in Mali is part of the return to an aggressive foreign policy.

German army calls for domestic deployments

By Peter Schwarz, 1 April 2016

On the German army’s official website, CDU politician Rupert Scholz calls for a reform of the country’s constitution to enable the domestic deployment of the armed forces.

Marxism and the pseudo-left: David North interviewed at Leipzig Book Fair

1 April 2016

Following a presentation of the new German edition of The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left, North was interviewed by the newspaper Schattenblick on the theoretical and political issues addressed in his book.

Politicians and media promote far-right Alternative for Germany

By Johannes Stern, 31 March 2016

The friendly overtures extend from the Left Party to the Christian Democrats.

German government increases defence budget and plans massive rearmament

By Johannes Stern, 28 March 2016

Germany’s defence spending will grow by more than €10 billion by 2020, according to the government’s new budget plan.

Electoral success of AfD strengthens far-right forces in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 24 March 2016

Seventy years after the collapse of the Nazi regime, Germany’s ruling elite is responding to the global economic crisis and the growing war drive by building a right-wing movement.

Hundreds attend meetings in Leipzig, Germany on the danger of war and the politics of the pseudo-left

By our correspondents, 22 March 2016

Nearly 500 participants attended two meetings held by Mehring Verlag at the Leipzig Book Fair on The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left: A Marxist Critique and Scholarship or War Propaganda?.

Die Zeit campaigns for military intervention in Libya

By Johannes Stern, 14 March 2016

In its latest lead article, Die Zeit calls for the West to intervene militarily in Libya under the guise of the fight against ISIS.

Public meeting at Leipzig Book Fair

The return of German militarism and the threat of World War III

14 March 2016

Mehring Books speakers will present the book Scholarship or War Propaganda at the Leipzig Book Fair, which begins this week.

German state elections: The repackaging of right-wing politics

By Peter Schwarz, 12 March 2016

Although all of the parties claim they will not collaborate with the far-right AfD, they have adopted its extreme right-wing programme.

What do the electoral gains of the right-wing Alternative for Germany signify?

By Marianne Arens and Ulrich Rippert, 11 March 2016

The AfD, which achieved 13.2 percent of the vote in its first outing in the Hesse municipal elections, is a party created from above, not a movement from below.

University of Leipzig students speak out against right-wing professor

By Christoph Vandreier, 27 February 2016

The xenophobic and militaristic tirades of University of Leipzig Professor Thomas Rauscher have met with opposition from both students and faculty.

German news magazine Der Spiegel urges war against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 25 February 2016

The lead article in the latest issue of Der Spiegel, entitled “Putin’s aggressions,” calls for the Western powers to decisively “counter” Russia.

German defence ministry spent billions on wars abroad

By Johannes Stern, 22 February 2016

The German armed forces has spent at least €17.2 billion on foreign deployments since 1992, Spiegel Online reported.

Germany: Trial opens against SS guard at Auschwitz

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 22 February 2016

Reinhold Hanning, former SS guard at the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp, is accused of 170,000 counts of accessory to murder.

Washington denounces Russia, backs escalation of Syria war

By Alex Lantier, 15 February 2016

The NATO powers are supporting plans for a Turkish and Saudi invasion of Syria that could engulf the entire Middle East in war and trigger a global conflict.

The German president’s imperialist mission in Africa

By Gustav Kemper, 15 February 2016

German President Joachim Gauck’s trip to Nigeria and Mali is a sign of Germany’s growing economic and political influence in Africa.

German Chancellor Merkel announces NATO intervention in Aegean Sea

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 February 2016

Merkel was once again in Ankara on Monday. This time, political and military collaboration against Russia was at the heart of the talks.

Editor of Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper demands rearmament and war

By Johannes Stern, 6 February 2016

For a substantial lobby of war-mongering scribblers in the editorial offices of the bourgeois press, the rearmament of Germany is not taking place fast enough.

German economics minister seeks to smooth relations with Poland

By Clara Weiss, 4 February 2016

The Nord Stream pipeline, which supplies gas from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea, is one of the most important issues of dispute between Berlin and Warsaw.

Austrian municipalities impose ban on refugees using swimming pools

By Markus Salzmann, 2 February 2016

The ban on refugees in two Austrian cities, unless they are accompanied by an “escort,” recalls the darkest chapters in Austrian history.

Divisions mount in German government over refugee policy

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 February 2016

The swing to the right by the entire German political establishment has unleashed violent tensions within the government.