Militarism in Germany

Germany extends military deployment in Somalia

By Johannes Stern, 30 March 2015

The extension of military commitments is part of the efforts of German imperialism to establish itself in Africa.

German government plans new “anti-terrorism unit”

By Johannes Stern, 23 March 2015

The build-up of a paramilitary police force in Germany under the framework of the "war on terror" is part of a massive military expansion at home and abroad.

German government increases defence budget by €8 billion

By Johannes Stern, 20 March 2015

The rapid boost to military spending, amounting to an increase of more than 6.2 percent, heralds a new stage in the return of German militarism.

Visiting Berlin, Poroshenko steps up drive against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 18 March 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel used a joint press conference in Berlin to endorse Poroshenko, declaring she had “great respect” for “all of the efforts” of his government.

Berlin professor sees Germany as the “taskmaster” of Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 13 March 2015

In his new book, Power in the Center, political scientist Herfried Münkler, who has close ties to the political establishment, argues openly for German hegemony in Europe.

German government to increase its military budget

By Philipp Frisch and Johannes Stern, 6 March 2015

The German government wants to raise the defence budget starting in 2017 and massively expand the armed forces.

German Greens press for confrontation with Russia

By Peter Schwarz, 6 March 2015

A recent conference convened by the Green Party’s Heinrich Böll Foundation consisted of four hours of hysterical warmongering against Russia.

Germany: State of emergency in Bremen following alleged terror scare

By Dietmar Henning, 4 March 2015

There was a heavy presence of military clad police armed with automatic weapons in the city center of Bremen, which has a population of 550,000.

German Left Party leader outlines campaign against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 2 March 2015

The lecture at a leading German think tank by the defense spokesperson for the Left Party makes clear how deeply the organization is integrated into imperialism.

German constitutional court justifies state use of agents provocateurs

By Justus Leicht, 24 February 2015

The court ruling undermines the right to a fair trial for those set up by undercover agents.

German government prepares new military doctrine

By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2015

German Defense Minister von der Leyen delivered a speech Tuesday announcing the preparation of a new foreign policy White Paper codifying a program of militarism and rearmament.

German government to establish Eastern Europe Institute

By Sven Heymanns, 18 February 2015

The new institute will serve as a think tank for an aggressive German foreign policy in eastern Europe.

German army association demands massive armaments increase

By Denis Krassnin and Johannes Stern, 14 February 2015

The end of restraint in matters of foreign policy, announced by President Gauck and the German government a year ago, is the primary reason for the demand to build up the army.

German President Gauck’s human rights imperialism

By Ulrich Rippert, 14 February 2015

The meeting on Tuesday was to launch a further escalation of German militarism in the name of human rights and civilian intervention.

Ceasefire agreement for Eastern Ukraine announced after Minsk summit

By Alex Lantier, 12 February 2015

The announcement of a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine came as Washington is pushing for an escalation of the conflict that threatens to make any deal a dead letter.

Leading German newspaper says Russia should be threatened with nuclear war

By Peter Schwarz, 12 February 2015

A co-editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung made clear he was prepared to consider the use of nuclear weapons against Russia in the Ukraine conflict.

German Left Party backs Merkel on Ukraine crisis

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 February 2015

As tensions between Berlin and Washington have surfaced, the Left Party has abandoned all pretensions of distancing itself from German imperialism.

Spiegel Online warns of nuclear war

By Johannes Stern, 11 February 2015

The 51st Munich Security Conference, held in the Bavarian capital last weekend, was dominated by threats of war against Russia by the imperialist powers.

Leader of German Social Democrats sides with right-wing Pegida movement

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 February 2015

Sigmar Gabriel used a news magazine interview to legitimize fascist views.

German television series Tannbach and German postwar history

By Sybille Fuchs, 9 February 2015

The ZDF mini-series attempts to encompass the history of divided Germany following the Second World War.

Meeting in Moscow fails to produce agreement as US plots escalation in Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 7 February 2015

The meeting between Merkel, Hollande and Putin took place amidst threats by the US to directly arm the regime in Kiev that was installed in a right-wing coup one year ago.

Europe on the brink of war

By Alex Lantier, 7 February 2015

“Unfortunately, war with Russia is conceivable,” former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung at the Munich Security Conference.

German chancellor seeks to push Hungary away from Russia

By Markus Salzmann, 7 February 2015

The Hungarian prime minister has criticised Western sanctions against Russia, declaring they would “harm us more than Russia.”

German, French leaders fly to Russia amidst warnings of “total war” over Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 6 February 2015

While Washington considers directly arming Ukraine, European leaders warned of an uncontrolled escalation that could set off a war between nuclear armed powers.

German military experts demand purchase of drones

By Johannes Stern, 3 February 2015

Germany’s move to acquire combat drones exposes the lie that the German ruling class and its military have been forced to wage war in defence of human rights and democracy.

Germany to send troops into northern Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 31 January 2015

In February, Bundeswehr trainers leave to train the Kurdish Peshmerga in the fight against the Islamic State.

German president uses Auschwitz commemoration to justify militarism

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 January 2015

With the utmost cynicism, President Joachim Gauck is using the terrible crimes of German imperialism in the past to prepare new crimes in the future.

The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

By Bill Van Auken, 28 January 2015

The anniversary’s observance was overshadowed by a new drive toward world war and the threat of historic crimes to come.

German Social Democratic leader enters into discussions with Pegida

By Ulrich Rippert, 28 January 2015

The head of the Social Democratic Party has provided the right-wing, anti-Muslim Pegida movement with official recognition.

German media and politicians promote right-wing, anti-Muslim Pegida movement

By Christoph Dreier, 21 January 2015

A leading commentator in the German media has proposed that the slogan “We are Pegida” be placed alongside “I am Charlie” as part of a campaign to promote the right-wing movement.

Ukraine opens offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the east

By Niles Williamson, 20 January 2015

The secretary of the Ukrainian National Defense Council warned of “full-scale continental war” as the Kiev regime began operations to take control of the Donetsk airport.

German city plans to accommodate refugees in former concentration camp

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 20 January 2015

The German city of Schwerte announced plans to accommodate around 20 refugees in a former SS barracks on one of the sites of the Buchenwald concentration camp.

German Chancellor Merkel backs police state measures and militarism

By Johannes Stern, 19 January 2015

The German ruling elite is using the Charlie Hebdo affair to advance an agenda it has long been preparing: the dismantling of democratic rights and Germany’s return to an aggressive foreign policy.

Military contractor pleads guilty in US Navy corruption scandal

By Nick Barrickman, 19 January 2015

Systemic corruption is a feature of US military engagements throughout the world.

Japanese government boosts military spending

By Will Morrow, 16 January 2015

The government left no doubt that the increase is part of preparations for war with China.

Germany: Refugee murdered after anti-immigrant demonstration

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 16 January 2015

20-year-old Khaled Idris Bahray was beaten to death outside his apartment in Dresden.

Scholarship, not war propaganda!

The IYSSE’s campaign against war and historical falsification at Humboldt University

By Andre Damon and Jesse Olsen, 13 January 2015

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at Humboldt University is running in the upcoming student elections against the drive to turn the university into a center of war propaganda.

German reaction to Paris shootings: State build-up and anti-Muslim agitation

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 January 2015

The German political establishment and media have exploited widespread outrage and shock resulting from the Paris attacks for their own reactionary political goals.

The Nazi war of annihilation against the Soviet Union: Part one

Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization

By Clara Weiss, 12 January 2015

The volume provides insight into the criminal historical antecedents of the current siege of cities in eastern Ukraine by the Western-installed regime in Kiev, spearheaded by Ukrainian fascist forces.

German army and intelligence service complicit in US drone killings

By Johannes Stern, 5 January 2015

Secret documents reveal that a German commander personally selected targets for US drone killings in Afghanistan.

German defence minister visits the frontline in Afghanistan

By Wolfgang Weber, 20 December 2014

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen warned against an “abrupt withdrawal” of NATO forces from Afghanistan.

German government to send combat troops to Iraq

By Christoph Dreier, 15 December 2014

The German parliament’s imminent backing of a combat mission in Iraq marks a crucial step in the unleashing of German militarism.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung editor defends his attack on the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit

By Johannes Stern, 15 December 2014

In a panel discussion at the Deutsche Theater in Berlin, the future co-editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Jürgen Kaube, again defended the militarist and revisionist views of Humboldt University Professor Jörg Baberowski.

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier’s great power speech to big business

By Johannes Stern, 6 December 2014

In his opening speech at the SZ Economic Summit, the foreign minister appealed to business heads to support Germany’s ambitions to be a global power.

The German Partei für Soziale Gleichheit answers the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s defense of Jörg Baberowski

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 3 December 2014

Claims of “defamation” are refuted by Baberowski’s own words.

The reactionary politics of German Greens on display at party congress

By Dietmar Henning, 28 November 2014

The Green Party congress marked the end of the period in which its petty-bourgeois identity politics could pose as progressive or even leftist.

Why do the German elites want war?

SEP meeting and discussion in Stuttgart

By our correspondents, 27 November 2014

The question of why the socialist movement was not able to prevent the outbreak of the First World War provoked an important discussion at the meeting.

German army opens “career centre” in the heart of Berlin

By Katerina Selin, 24 November 2014

The Berlin Career Centre is aimed at once again making militarism a visible part of German social life.

German military to lead NATO rapid response force

By Philipp Frisch, 20 November 2014

The German military is playing a central role in NATO’s aggressive military build-up against Russia.

Merkel’s “Hun Speech” against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 19 November 2014

In Sydney, Australia, the German chancellor accused Russia of a massive breach of international law in order to justify her own aggressive war policy.

G-20 summit intensifies threat of war against Russia

By Peter Schwarz, 18 November 2014

The danger that the NATO powers’ military threats against Russia could erupt into open warfare is growing by the day.

German army prepares for civil war

By Denis Krassnin, 13 November 2014

Four hundred military and arms experts from 40 countries discussed the suppression of uprisings and other forms of civil war at a three-day conference held in Berlin in October.

Dozens of “near miss” incidents bring NATO and Russia to brink of war

By Alex Lantier, 11 November 2014

A London think tank report shows that NATO’s militarization of Eastern Europe over the Ukraine crisis has set armies worldwide on a hair trigger, risking nuclear war.

German NATO general announces plans for military maneuvers against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 10 November 2014

Seventy-five years after the beginning of World War II, the German general staff is once again preparing for war with Russia.

Germany plans to expand its military operations in the Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 25 October 2014

The German military is planning an aggressive campaign to arm and train Kurdish forces, along with other measures to assert German imperialist interests in Iraq and Syria.

Packed IYSSE meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin

By our correspondents, 25 October 2014

Some 200 people, including many students from Humboldt University, packed the hall for a meeting called by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality on the topic “Why do the German elites once again want war?”

IYSSE antiwar campaign resonates with workers and youth in Berlin

By our correspondents, 23 October 2014

Workers and young people have responded positively to a movement that opposes the drive towards war, defends the social rights to a job and a good income, and seeks to unite workers internationally on the basis of a socialist program.

Keen interest in anti-war campaign of IYSSE at Humboldt University in Berlin

By our correspondents, 20 October 2014

The Socialist Equality Party and its youth movement, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, are increasingly seen as the only serious anti-war organizations in Germany.

Scholarship instead of war propaganda! IYSSE statement on the dispute at Humboldt University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 18 October 2014

The IYSSE is seeking to prevent Berlin’s Humboldt University from once again becoming a centre of militarism and dictatorship.

Germany’s Left Party emerges as a party of war

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 October 2014

The Left Party is using the defence of the Kurdish minority as a pretext to support a policy of imperialist war.

Greens back deployment of German ground troops to Syria

By Peter Schwarz, 14 October 2014

With their call for the deployment of ground troops, the German Greens are going further than the government of Prime Minister Angela Merkel.

German Social Democrat leader plans to expand arms industry

By Gustav Kemper, 13 October 2014

The SPD leader’s speech culminated with the demand for the reorganisation of the arms industry in the service of German foreign policy and building a powerful army.

Germany: Left Party bangs the drum for military action against the Islamic State

By Johannes Stern, 10 October 2014

Fourteen leading Left Party politicians have issued a statement titled "Save Kobani!"

Germany: Joschka Fischer’s declaration of war on Russia

By Peter Schwarz, 9 October 2014

With his policy towards Russia, Fischer draws directly from the legacy of German imperialism in the last century.

War propaganda in the German Historical Museum

By Johannes Stern, 9 October 2014

Last week former security official Horst Teltschik and the historians Michael Wolffsohn, Sönke Neitzel and Jörg Baberowski discussed Germany's role as an intervention force at the German Historical Museum.

German Green Party-affiliated think tank calls for renewed offensive against Russia

By Stefan Steinberg, 8 October 2014

Seventy years after the German bourgeoisie sought to establish its control over Mittel-Europa, the Green Party and the Heinrich Böll Foundation are urging it to take the same path once again.

Why is the German elite once again agitating for war?

The historical and political reasons behind Germany’s renewed bid for world power

4 October 2014

The Socialist Equality Party (Germany) is planning meetings in Frankfurt, Bochum and Berlin on the threat of war.

The revival of German militarism: One year on

By Peter Schwarz, 3 October 2014

The return of German imperialism to the battlefields of the world is a profoundly destabilizing element in an already unstable world.

German public television turns out propaganda on Ukraine

By Sibylle Fuchs, 3 October 2014

Both of Germany’s public television broadcasters, ARD and ZDF, have come under strong criticism for their biased reporting on Ukraine.

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier’s UN speech: War propaganda cloaked in pacifist phrases

By Johannes Stern, 1 October 2014

Steinmeier’s speech on Saturday combined threats against Russia with the demand for a massive military intervention in the Middle East and more German “responsibility” throughout the world.

“Abu-Ghraib-like” torture of refugees exposed in Germany

By Christoph Dreier, 1 October 2014

Reports from various German refugee facilities have revealed that residents are subjected to systematic torture and humiliation at the hands of security staff.

German media and politicians promote rearmament

By Christoph Dreier, 29 September 2014

The demand for major increases in the military budget has moved to the center of German war propaganda.

Germany’s new war minister and Stern magazine

By Denis Krassnin, 29 September 2014

Germany’s defence minister and Stern news magazine both trace political roots to the Nazi era.

German government sends arms to Iraq and backs US air strikes in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 27 September 2014

The German government plans to deliver weapons worth around 70 million euros to Iraq in the coming days.

German committee criticises television news coverage of Ukraine

By Sybille Fuchs, 26 September 2014

The criticism confirms that reportage on German public television has degenerated into government and military propaganda.

Germany’s Die Zeit: Publishing war propaganda in weekly installments

By Johannes Stern, 25 September 2014

The supposedly liberal weekly Die Zeit exemplifies the transformation of the media into a propaganda tool for war and militarism.

An attempt to rehabilitate Hitler

By Peter Schwarz, 24 September 2014

The 91-year-old German historian Ernst Nolte has made a plea in the European magazine for the rehabilitation of Hitler.

NATO steps up anti-Russian moves as ceasefire begins in Ukraine

By Jordan Shilton, 6 September 2014

Demonstrating NATO’s renewed focus on Eastern Europe, Poland announced it would host the next NATO summit, scheduled for 2016.

German government discusses massive increase in military spending

By Christoph Dreier, 6 September 2014

At the NATO summit, leading German politicians spoke out for a clear increase in military spending.

German media steps up its warmongering

By Johnnes Stern, 6 September 2014

Whenever a new offensive for war commences, Germany's mainstream media ratchets up its propaganda.

German President Gauck threatens Russia with war

By Peter Schwarz, 3 September 2014

German President Joachim Gauck used a meeting commemorating the outbreak of the Second World War to launch a direct attack on Russia.

German parliament approves shipment of weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 3 September 2014

The German intervention in Iraq and Berlin's aggressive posture towards Russia are part of the foreign policy shift to German great power politics announced at the beginning of the year at the Munich Security Conference.

Western threats against Russia increase danger of nuclear war

By Johannes Stern, 30 August 2014

The moves toward Ukrainian membership in NATO underscore the fact that next week’s NATO summit will be aimed at preparing for a possible war against Russia.

Germany sends troops to Iraq

By Wolfgang Weber, 30 August 2014

The German intervention in Iraq is part of the new militarist foreign policy announced by the government at the start of the year.

Der Spiegel calls for military build-up in Germany

By Sven Heymann, 30 August 2014

Without saying it openly, the Spiegel authors suggest that the simplest solution to lagging military recruitment would be to reintroduce conscription.

The German intervention in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2014

After years of relative restraint, Germany is intervening to assert its global economic and geostrategic interests by military means.

German army intervenes in Iraq

By Ulrich Rippert, 18 August 2014

All of Germany’s official government and opposition parties are supporting a German military intervention in Iraq.

Germany’s Left Party suppresses opposition to militarism

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 August 2014

The Left Party is using the war in Gaza as an opportunity to place itself unconditionally behind the German government’s foreign policy.

German commission undermines parliametary approval requirement for military operations

By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 9 August 2014

Largely unnoticed by the public, a commission of former defence politicians as well as military experts has been working to repeal the requirement that military operations abroad obtain parliamentary approval.

European leaders use World War I commemoration to press for new wars

By Stefan Steinberg, 6 August 2014

Attending the two days of commemorations in the Belgian city of Liège were representatives from 83 countries.

August 1914 and the myth of general enthusiasm for war in the German working class

By Verena Nees, 6 August 2014

New scholarly publications provide evidence that opposition to the outbreak of the First World War was particularly strong within the working class.

German expenditure for weapons research has more than doubled since 2010

By Sven Heymanns, 4 August 2014

The growing involvement of universities in military research projects is a component of the return of German militarism.

Charges of anti-Semitism used to intimidate and criminalise opponents of war in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 August 2014

While millions of people are deeply shocked by the brutal bombardment by the Israeli army of Gaza, politicians and media commentators in Germany have attacked opponents of the war.

US, Europe to boost sanctions on Russia

By Peter Symonds, 29 July 2014

European support for tougher sanctions reflects both pressure from Washington and a determination to exploit the MH17 crash to the hilt.

Right-wing gutter journalism: Der Spiegel rails against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 29 July 2014

In the aftermath of the crash of flight MH17 over Ukraine, the tirades against Russia in the German press have intensified.

Following Malaysian plane disaster: German media pushes for confrontation with Moscow

By Peter Schwarz, 19 July 2014

Barely 24 hours after the crash of the Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine, German media outlets are pushing for an escalation of the confrontation with Russia.

The US spy scandal and the return of German imperialism

By Peter Schwarz, 12 July 2014

The expulsion of the CIA station chief is directly linked to the revival of German imperialism.

German foreign minister Steinmeier and the Civitella massacre

By Johannes Stern, 11 July 2014

Steinmeier cynically uses commemorations of Nazi war crimes to obscure the crimes of Berlin’s current war policy.

German army to be equipped with drones

By Christoph Dreier, 5 July 2014

On Wednesday, German defence minister Ursula Von der Leyen announced to parliament that the army is to be equipped with drones capable of carrying weapons.

German Left Party defends drive to war

By Christoph Dreier, 3 July 2014

In an interview with a German daily newspaper last Friday, Left Party leader Dietmar Bartsch gave his full backing to the German government’s foreign policy.