Militarism in Germany

German politicians, media seek to criminalize opponents of war

By Christoph Dreier, 30 June 2014

The German media and politicians are discussing legislation to combat widespread anti-war sentiment.

German Social Democrats, Greens, Left Party support German war policy

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.

German militarism and the US debacle in Iraq

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.

German interior minister warns of threat of lethal attacks by Islamists

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.

German foreign minister Steinmeier agitates for war

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.

German media clamours for a new Iraq war

By Johannes Stern, 18 June 2014

The German media has reacted to the crisis in Iraq by intensifying the campaign for militarism and war.

The German president’s call to arms

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.

Germany: Leading journalists attempt to censor TV program

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.

German army conducts biggest military exercises since Cold War

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.

How the revival of German militarism was prepared

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.

German politicians, media support build-up of NATO forces in Eastern Europe

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.

Uli Rippert: The struggle against militarism and war

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

Appearing with Germany’s Merkel, Obama backs Ukraine crackdown

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.

What is the German army doing in Slavyansk?

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.

Spiegel magazine agitates against the Germans’ “fear of war”

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.”

Germany: The political bankruptcy of the peace movement

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.

German magazine Der Spiegel campaigns for war and rearmament

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.

German government supports NATO rearmament

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.

German media demand a NATO war 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.

German television report indicates Ukrainian opposition responsible for lethal shootings

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.

German Left Party delegates vote for military deployment

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.

German government planning major military build-up

By Johannes Stern, 11 April 2014

The German government is using the mounting conflict between NATO and Russia to massively rearm the army.

German Left Party MPs vote for military deployments

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.

US conducting drone war from Germany

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.

The crisis in Ukraine and the sea change in German foreign policy

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.

Germany: Warmongering against Russia by Die Zeit editor Josef Joffe

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.

Joschka Fischer advocates aggressive foreign policy against Russia

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.

German magazine Die Zeit calls for reintroduction of compulsory military service

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.

German Left Party promotes government propaganda against Russia

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.”

What is behind the warmongering of the German media?

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.

Germany: The Süddeutsche Zeitung and the poison of militarism

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.

Marx 21’s Christine Buchholz visits German troops in Africa

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.

In the name of “peace”, the European Union readies for war

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.

German government steps up military operations

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.”

The return of German militarism

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.

German government announces the end of military restraint

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.

German government extends its military mission in Africa

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.

Die Zeit editor condemns “German pacifism”

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.

Germany: Formation of new government drags on

By Peter Schwarz, 12 October 2013

Three weeks after the election, negotiations about forming a new coalition government are still at the exploratory stage.

German defence minister praises German deployment to Afghanistan

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.

German President Gauck calls for aggressive foreign policy

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.

A Murderous Decision: Television docudrama about German army massacre of Afghan civilians

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.

German media on the Syria war: Foaming at the mouth

By Peter Schwarz, 12 September 2013

German media sources have reacted with unconcealed anger and disappointment at the delay of the war on Syria.

SEP candidate intervenes in a discussion on German security policy

By our correspondents, 11 September 2013

Cross party alliance defends German intelligence agencies at a meeting in Berlin.

Social Democrats demand more active German role in Syria

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.

Anti-war demonstrations in many German cities

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.

German liberal and “left” media beat the drums for war

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.

Germany: Rüsselsheim workers oppose war against Syria

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.

German election debate: A media spectacle to prepare a right-wing government

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.

Germany: All-party coalition supports Syria war

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.

German Green Party-linked newspaper backs war drive against Syria

By Christoph Dreier, 29 August 2013

In taz, columnist Micha Brumlik has written an article urgently pleading for war against Syria.

US drone attacks controlled from military bases in Germany

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.

Marx 21 Congress: Anti-Marxists meet in Berlin

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.

German defence and interior ministers visit the US

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.

Germany: Federal Constitutional Court legitimises anti-terrorism database

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.

Germany extends military mission in Afghanistan and arms Qatar

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.

German media, politicians praise Obama for military-police lockdown of Boston

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.

German Defence Minister prevented from speaking at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By Ernst Wolff, 16 April 2013

Protesting students in Berlin prevented Germany’s Defence Minister Thomas from delivering a lecture.

Germany: Victims of the Kunduz massacre sue for compensation

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.

German military deploys lethal drones in Afghanistan

By Sven Heymann, 26 March 2013

Media reports reveal that the Bundeswehr has killed several “insurgents” with the use of a US drone.

German defence minister visits Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 22 March 2013

German defence minister Thomas de Maizière made a surprise trip to Mali last weekend.

German trade unions march in step with German army

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.

German parliament approves military operations in Mali

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.

Germany arms the Persian Gulf monarchies

By Johannes Stern, 25 February 2013

Germany has more than doubled its arms exports to the reactionary Arab Gulf monarchies.

German government decides on long-term military deployment in Mali

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”.

The return of German imperialism

By Johannes Stern, 21 February 2013

Germany is making intensive preparations to wage new wars to secure resources.

German industry, government planning for resource wars

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.

The role of Germany in the war in Mali

By Wolfgang Weber, 12 February 2013

Germany is expanding its participation in the French colonial war in Mali from week to week.

Germany acquiring drones for military use

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.