Militarism in Germany
By Christoph Dreier, 30 June 2014
The German media and politicians are discussing legislation to combat widespread anti-war sentiment.
By Johannes Stern, 26 June 2014
In a recent panel discussion at a well known Berlin café, the SPD, Greens and Left Party supported the revival of German militarism.
By Johannes Stern, 21 June 2014
The German bourgeoisie is responding to the debacle of US imperialism in Iraq by intensifying its campaign for militarism and war.
By Peter Schwarz, 21 June 2014
The German interior minister warned of an imminent threat of terrorist attacks by Islamist “religious warriors” in Germany and throughout Europe.
By Ulrich Rippert, 20 June 2014
The demand for a German leadership role in Europe and the world has never been so shamelessly and forcefully raised since the end of Hitler’s “Führerstaat” 70 years ago.
By Johannes Stern, 18 June 2014
The German media has reacted to the crisis in Iraq by intensifying the campaign for militarism and war.
By Peter Schwarz, 17 June 2014
At the end of a three-day visit to Norway, the German president reiterated his call for a more aggressive German foreign policy.
By Peter Schwarz, 30 May 2014
In response to revelations regarding their one-sided reporting and incestuous links with ruling elites, leading German journalists are calling for censorship.
By Sven Heymann, 19 May 2014
The German army is engaged in its largest military exercises since the 1980s, including air, sea and ground forces.
By Johannes Stern, 10 May 2014
The German government’s aggressive action in Ukraine and the propaganda campaign accompanying it were carefully prepared over an entire year.
By Johannes Stern, 9 May 2014
Leading German politicians, the military and media support the massive rearmament of NATO in Eastern Europe announced by top officials of the imperialist alliance.
By Uli Rippert, 8 May 2014
We are publishing here the text of the speech given by Uli Rippert, national secretary of the PSG in Germany, to the International Online May Day Rally hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International and the WSWS on Sunday, May 4.
Link to audio
By Bill Van Auken, 3 May 2014
Using arguments steeped in hypocrisy and lies, the US president escalated threats against Russia and justified the violent suppression of protests in eastern Ukraine.
By Peter Schwarz, 1 May 2014
Many of the details of recent events in Slavyansk remain unclear, but one thing is certain: the Bundeswehr is far more active in Ukraine than is publicly admitted.
By Peter Schwarz, 30 April 2014
The German government is also intensifying the conflict with Russia because it wants to break the resistance to militarism through a sort of “war shock.”
By Ulrich Rippert, 24 April 2014
The annual pacifist Easter marches adopted the war propaganda of the German government and NATO. Participation was correspondingly low.
By Peter Schwarz, 23 April 2014
One of the most unmistakable signs of the return of German militarism is the current barrage of war propaganda in the media.
By Johannes Stern, 21 April 2014
The German army is fully aligned with the American military in the massive NATO buildup in Eastern Europe directed against Russia.
By Johannes Stern, 19 April 2014
Leading German journalists intensified their propaganda after Tuesday’s announcement that NATO was stepping up its intervention in Eastern Europe.
By Johannes Stern, 14 April 2014
Seven weeks after the right-wing coup in Ukraine, evidence is mounting that the Western-backed opposition was responsible for the lethal shootings in Independence Square.
By Ulrich Rippert, 14 April 2014
The Left Party’s recent parliamentary support for German overseas military operations reveals its true colours as an imperialist party of the establishment.
By Johannes Stern, 11 April 2014
The German government is using the mounting conflict between NATO and Russia to massively rearm the army.
By Ulrich Rippert, 10 April 2014
The April 9 vote by Left Party members for military intervention marks a further shift to the right by the party.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 8 April 2014
New research proves that the US Ramstein military base in Germany plays a central role in Washington’s global drone war.
By Peter Schwarz, 3 April 2014
German foreign policy has shifted toward confrontation with Russia. Berlin is pursuing a course of aggressive imperialist expansion along the same lines as in 1914 and 1941.
By Johannes Stern, 3 April 2014
Together with Stefan Kornelius of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Joffe is one of the journalists who have agitated most aggressively against Russia during the Ukraine crisis.
By Christoph Dreier, 2 April 2014
Former Green Party foreign minister Joschka Fischer spoke out vehemently in the Süddeutsche Zeitung in favour of the major European powers pursuing an imperialist foreign policy.
By Christoph Dreier, 29 March 2014
In response to the crisis in Ukraine, the weekly magazine Die Zeit and high-ranking generals are calling for the return of compulsory military service.
By Ulrich Rippert, 21 March 2014
In a statement on the situation in Ukraine, the Left Party’s executive has condemned “threats of military action by the Russian Federation.”
By Peter Schwarz, 12 March 2014
Two weeks after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was chased out of office by armed gangs of fascists, the German media is virtually unanimous in support of the confrontational course adopted by Berlin and Washington towards Russia.
By Ulrich Rippert, 10 March 2014
The escalation of the crisis in Ukraine is being used to fire a media propaganda campaign against widespread anti-war attitudes in Germany.
By Johannes Stern, 8 March 2014
Christine Buchholz’s trip to Africa underscores how the Left Party and the pseudo-left groups within it play a central role in the revival of German militarism.
By Jean Shaoul, 28 February 2014
A recent series of policy briefs indicate a new stage in the aggressive imperialist foreign policy of the European powers.
By Ulrich Rippert, 17 February 2014
Germany’s post-war foreign policy of military restraint is being jettisoned as it prepares to join in the new “scramble for Africa.”
By Ulrich Rippert, 6 February 2014
Barely 70 years after the collapse of the Third Reich and 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, German imperialism is once again revealing its historical roots.
By Ulrich Rippert, 1 February 2014
A century since World War I, and almost 70 years after the monstrous crimes of the Nazis, German officials are again saying that Germany’s size and strength requires a policy of military intervention.
By Ulrich Rippert, 22 January 2014
The grand coalition government in Berlin is preparing a massive enlargement of the German mission in the African country of Mali.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 November 2013
In a commentary published November 4 by the New York Times, Jochen Bittner, editor of Die Zeit, complains about the lack of enthusiasm for war in Germany.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 October 2013
Three weeks after the election, negotiations about forming a new coalition government are still at the exploratory stage.
By Peter Schwarz, 10 October 2013
While the German population welcomes the partial German withdrawal from Afghanistan, ruling circles regard it as a model for future military interventions.
By Johannes Stern, 5 October 2013
Gauck’s speech shows that the period of Germany’s relative foreign policy reserve after the Second World War is over.
By Verena Nees, 19 September 2013
The Kunduz massacre four years ago was a baptism by fire for Germany as it returned to the world stage as an aggressive military power.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 September 2013
German media sources have reacted with unconcealed anger and disappointment at the delay of the war on Syria.
By our correspondents, 11 September 2013
Cross party alliance defends German intelligence agencies at a meeting in Berlin.
By Ulrich Rippert, 9 September 2013
Frank-Walter Steinmeier wants to advance German interests by winning Russian support for war and regime-change in Syria.
By our correspondents, 5 September 2013
The German peace movement and the Left Party refused to mobilize their members for anti-war demonstrations last weekend.
By Johannes Stern, 5 September 2013
The ruling elite in Germany regard the threat of war against Syria as an opportunity to defend their imperialist interests by military means.
By our correspondent, 4 September 2013
Workers in Rüsselheim, location of the German headquarters of GM-Opel, expressed concern and outrage over the preparations for war against Syria.
By Ulrich Rippert, 4 September 2013
The television debate between the two candidates in the German election was revealing above all for what was not said.
By Peter Schwarz, 29 August 2013
Both the German government and the parliamentary opposition are supporting the war against Syria, and they have agreed to try to keep the topic out of the election campaign.
By Christoph Dreier, 29 August 2013
In taz, columnist Micha Brumlik has written an article urgently pleading for war against Syria.
By Ulrich Rippert, 3 June 2013
Recent press and TV reports have exposed the German government’s role in targeted killings involving US combat drones.
By Johannes Stern, 11 May 2013
The congress of the Marx 21 group taking place this weekend in Berlin is a shabby operation aimed at promoting right-wing and imperialist policies under a pseudo-left garb.
By Sven Heymann, 6 May 2013
The visit to Washington by the German ministers last week heralds a significant intensification of German militarism and domestic repression.
By Johannes Stern, 27 April 2013
Under the guise of “fighting terrorism,” the court has legitimised an expansion of the powers of the police and intelligence agencies to spy on the population.
By Johannes Stern, 25 April 2013
On April 18, German ministers announced that at least 800 soldiers would be kept in Afghanistan beyond the official date for the withdrawal of NATO combat troops.
By Johannes Stern, 23 April 2013
Commentaries in the media and by leading political figures on the events in Boston throw a spotlight on the undemocratic character of the German ruling elite.
By Ernst Wolff, 16 April 2013
Protesting students in Berlin prevented Germany’s Defence Minister Thomas from delivering a lecture.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 April 2013
A Bonn court recently opened proceedings in a case brought by two survivors of a NATO air strike near Kunduz, Afghanistan.
By Sven Heymann, 26 March 2013
Media reports reveal that the Bundeswehr has killed several “insurgents” with the use of a US drone.
By Ernst Wolff, 22 March 2013
German defence minister Thomas de Maizière made a surprise trip to Mali last weekend.
By Sven Heymanns and Johannes Stern, 7 March 2013
The German Trade Union Federation is publicly backing the increasingly aggressive role of the German army.
By Johannes Stern, 4 March 2013
The aim of the mission is to stabilise the Malian army and support the combat mission by French troops in the country.
By Johannes Stern, 25 February 2013
Germany has more than doubled its arms exports to the reactionary Arab Gulf monarchies.
By Wolfgang Weber, 22 February 2013
According to the terms of the mandate, 180 armed soldiers are to be deployed to Mali as part of a European Union “training mission”.
By Johannes Stern, 21 February 2013
Germany is making intensive preparations to wage new wars to secure resources.
By Peter Schwarz, 20 February 2013
The Resource Alliance, tasked with securing raw materials for its shareholders and corporate members, is calling for the use of military force.
By Wolfgang Weber, 12 February 2013
Germany is expanding its participation in the French colonial war in Mali from week to week.
By Johann Müller, 30 January 2013
The German government wants to procure armed drones for missions abroad and use re-engineered military reconnaissance drones domestically.