Militarism in Germany
By Johannes Stern, 30 March 2015
The extension of military commitments is part of the efforts of German imperialism to establish itself in Africa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Justus Leicht, 24 February 2015
The court ruling undermines the right to a fair trial for those set up by undercover agents.
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.
By Sven Heymanns, 18 February 2015
The new institute will serve as a think tank for an aggressive German foreign policy in eastern Europe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Ulrich Rippert, 9 February 2015
Sigmar Gabriel used a news magazine interview to legitimize fascist views.
By Sybille Fuchs, 9 February 2015
The ZDF mini-series attempts to encompass the history of divided Germany following the Second World War.
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.
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.
By Markus Salzmann, 7 February 2015
The Hungarian prime minister has criticised Western sanctions against Russia, declaring they would “harm us more than Russia.”
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.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 31 January 2015
In February, Bundeswehr trainers leave to train the Kurdish Peshmerga in the fight against the Islamic State.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Nick Barrickman, 19 January 2015
Systemic corruption is a feature of US military engagements throughout the world.
By Will Morrow, 16 January 2015
The government left no doubt that the increase is part of preparations for war with China.
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!
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.
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.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 5 January 2015
Secret documents reveal that a German commander personally selected targets for US drone killings 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
By Katerina Selin, 24 November 2014
The Berlin Career Centre is aimed at once again making militarism a visible part of German social life.
By Philipp Frisch, 20 November 2014
The German military is playing a central role in NATO’s aggressive military build-up 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 10 October 2014
Fourteen leading Left Party politicians have issued a statement titled "Save Kobani!"
By Peter Schwarz, 9 October 2014
With his policy towards Russia, Fischer draws directly from the legacy of German imperialism in the last century.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Christoph Dreier, 29 September 2014
The demand for major increases in the military budget has moved to the center of German war propaganda.
By Denis Krassnin, 29 September 2014
Germany’s defence minister and Stern news magazine both trace political roots to the Nazi era.
By Johannes Stern, 27 September 2014
The German government plans to deliver weapons worth around 70 million euros to Iraq in the coming days.
By Sybille Fuchs, 26 September 2014
The criticism confirms that reportage on German public television has degenerated into government and military propaganda.
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.
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.
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.
By Christoph Dreier, 6 September 2014
At the NATO summit, leading German politicians spoke out for a clear increase in military spending.
By Johnnes Stern, 6 September 2014
Whenever a new offensive for war commences, Germany's mainstream media ratchets up its propaganda.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Ulrich Rippert, 18 August 2014
All of Germany’s official government and opposition parties are supporting a German military intervention in Iraq.
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.
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.
By Stefan Steinberg, 6 August 2014
Attending the two days of commemorations in the Belgian city of Liège were representatives from 83 countries.
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.
By Sven Heymanns, 4 August 2014
The growing involvement of universities in military research projects is a component of the return of German militarism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 July 2014
The expulsion of the CIA station chief is directly linked to the revival of German imperialism.
By Johannes Stern, 11 July 2014
Steinmeier cynically uses commemorations of Nazi war crimes to obscure the crimes of Berlin’s current war policy.
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.
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.