Militarism in Germany
By Peter Schwarz, 10 January 2017
Under the headline, “Squeezed between Presidents Putin and Trump, the EU cannot remain a ‘soft power,’” the former Green Party foreign minister advocates a “security option based on the nation state.”
By Sven Heymanns, 6 January 2017
Some of the emails published by Wikileaks show the panicked reaction of the spy agencies to the revelations made by Edward Snowden in 2013.
By Lena Sokoll, 3 January 2017
In Cologne as well as in other cities in Germany, police have now been supplied with sub-machine guns to conduct armed patrolling of cities.
By Johannes Stern, 29 December 2016
In light of the facts that have emerged and the manner in which the attack is being used, as well as German history, it would be politically naive to rule out the involvement of sections of the state.
By Johannes Stern, 23 December 2016
Nobody asks the obvious question: Are there forces in political circles and the security apparatus who knew about the planned attack and were prepared to allow it in order to advance their extreme right-wing agenda?
By Stefan Steele, 15 December 2016
Germans now confront advertising placards all across the country praising the army (Bundeswehr) and calling on people to do their “duty.”
By our correspondents, 5 December 2016
What are the causes and consequences of Trump’s election? This question was at the centre of the well-attended IYSSE meeting in Frankfurt.
By Christoph Vandreier, 5 December 2016
Historians like Humboldt University's Jörg Baberowski are labouring to rewrite and falsify history in order to justify new wars and discredit opposition to them.
By Clara Weiss, 5 December 2016
The film, written and directed by Stuart Schulberg, was intended to advertise the principles underlying the indictment of the Nazi criminals at the Nuremberg Trials.
By Christoph Vandreier, 2 December 2016
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election as US president, the European powers are pushing ahead rapidly with plans for military rearmament.
By Johannes Stern, 30 November 2016
Following the decision by the German parliament last Friday to increase the military budget, a discussion has begun about providing the military with nuclear weapons.
By Johannes Stern, 28 November 2016
Almost three years after President Gauck and the German government announced the end of military restraint, a massive build-up of the military is at the centre of the budget.
By Peter Schwarz, 25 November 2016
The German establishment is alarmed that Donald Trump’s “America first” policy could plunge the world economy into the kind of trade war witnessed in the 1930s.
By our reporter, 24 November 2016
The motion to ban advertising by the armed forces at the university was introduced by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) chapter at Humboldt.
By Verena Nees, 22 November 2016
The Left Party has responded to Donald Trump’s election victory by shifting further to the right on domestic and foreign policy.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 November 2016
Steinmeier, like no other German politician, embodies a policy of welfare cuts and militarism.
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.
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”.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 9 November 2016
The German elites are using the US presidential election to promote the return of German militarism.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
By Johannes Stern, 14 October 2016
In future, German soldiers will monitor Syrian airspace on board NATO’s AWACS reconnaissance planes.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 6 October 2016
Articles in two prominent newspapers urge intensification of the war drive despite the opposition of the population.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 27 September 2016
The Left Party has reacted to the recent Berlin state election with a sharp shift to the right.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 5 September 2016
NATO’s growing operations in Eastern Europe heighten the danger of direct conflict with a nuclear-armed Russia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 24 August 2016
The campaign in Germany for domestic repression and war is assuming ever more openly racist forms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
By Ulrich Rippert, 5 August 2016
German politicians are demanding firm measures against Turkey and the break-off of accession talks to the EU.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Verena Nees, 16 July 2016
Last weekend, 1,000 police were illegally deployed in Berlin against 1,800 protesters, provoking a street battle.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 8 July 2016
In all probability, German arms exports will increase again this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
By Ulrich Rippert, 12 May 2016
Following a dramatic increase in the defence budget, the German government has now announced a “personnel about-face.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 22 April 2016
The planned legislation does nothing to help refugees, but is instead an attack on basic democratic rights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 31 March 2016
The friendly overtures extend from the Left Party to the Christian Democrats.
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.
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.