Militarism in Germany

German chancellor boosts anti-refugee deal in visit to Turkey

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.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung lobbies for militarism and war

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.

Further evidence of ties between German neo-Nazi group and domestic intelligence agency

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?

German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung demands military deterrence against Russia

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.

German government steps up military intervention in Africa

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.

German defence minister announces military expansion

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 May 2016

Following a dramatic increase in the defence budget, the German government has now announced a “personnel about-face.”

German army prepares for cyberwar

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.

The German chancellor’s PR tour in Turkish refugee camps

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.

IYSSE meetings in Germany oppose militarism and war

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.

Obama in Germany: New joint aggression and growing imperialist rivalries

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.

Berlin college rector protests police intervention

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.

German government backs draconian refugee “integration” law

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 22 April 2016

The planned legislation does nothing to help refugees, but is instead an attack on basic democratic rights.

German vice chancellor praises the hangman of Cairo

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.

German Chancellor Merkel gives green light for prosecution of satirist Jan Böhmermann

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.

White Paper 2016: Blueprint for a new German police and military state

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.

German military to station Heron drones in Mali

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.

German army calls for domestic deployments

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.

Marxism and the pseudo-left: David North interviewed at Leipzig Book Fair

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.

Politicians and media promote far-right Alternative for Germany

By Johannes Stern, 31 March 2016

The friendly overtures extend from the Left Party to the Christian Democrats.

German government increases defence budget and plans massive rearmament

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.

Electoral success of AfD strengthens far-right forces in Germany

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.

Hundreds attend meetings in Leipzig, Germany on the danger of war and the politics of the pseudo-left

By our correspondents, 22 March 2016

Nearly 500 participants attended two meetings held by Mehring Verlag at the Leipzig Book Fair on The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left: A Marxist Critique and Scholarship or War Propaganda?.

Die Zeit campaigns for military intervention in Libya

By Johannes Stern, 14 March 2016

In its latest lead article, Die Zeit calls for the West to intervene militarily in Libya under the guise of the fight against ISIS.

Public meeting at Leipzig Book Fair

The return of German militarism and the threat of World War III

14 March 2016

Mehring Books speakers will present the book Scholarship or War Propaganda at the Leipzig Book Fair, which begins this week.

German state elections: The repackaging of right-wing politics

By Peter Schwarz, 12 March 2016

Although all of the parties claim they will not collaborate with the far-right AfD, they have adopted its extreme right-wing programme.

What do the electoral gains of the right-wing Alternative for Germany signify?

By Marianne Arens and Ulrich Rippert, 11 March 2016

The AfD, which achieved 13.2 percent of the vote in its first outing in the Hesse municipal elections, is a party created from above, not a movement from below.

University of Leipzig students speak out against right-wing professor

By Christoph Vandreier, 27 February 2016

The xenophobic and militaristic tirades of University of Leipzig Professor Thomas Rauscher have met with opposition from both students and faculty.

German news magazine Der Spiegel urges war against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 25 February 2016

The lead article in the latest issue of Der Spiegel, entitled “Putin’s aggressions,” calls for the Western powers to decisively “counter” Russia.

German defence ministry spent billions on wars abroad

By Johannes Stern, 22 February 2016

The German armed forces has spent at least €17.2 billion on foreign deployments since 1992, Spiegel Online reported.

Germany: Trial opens against SS guard at Auschwitz

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 22 February 2016

Reinhold Hanning, former SS guard at the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp, is accused of 170,000 counts of accessory to murder.

Washington denounces Russia, backs escalation of Syria war

By Alex Lantier, 15 February 2016

The NATO powers are supporting plans for a Turkish and Saudi invasion of Syria that could engulf the entire Middle East in war and trigger a global conflict.

The German president’s imperialist mission in Africa

By Gustav Kemper, 15 February 2016

German President Joachim Gauck’s trip to Nigeria and Mali is a sign of Germany’s growing economic and political influence in Africa.

German Chancellor Merkel announces NATO intervention in Aegean Sea

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 February 2016

Merkel was once again in Ankara on Monday. This time, political and military collaboration against Russia was at the heart of the talks.

Editor of Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper demands rearmament and war

By Johannes Stern, 6 February 2016

For a substantial lobby of war-mongering scribblers in the editorial offices of the bourgeois press, the rearmament of Germany is not taking place fast enough.

German economics minister seeks to smooth relations with Poland

By Clara Weiss, 4 February 2016

The Nord Stream pipeline, which supplies gas from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea, is one of the most important issues of dispute between Berlin and Warsaw.

Austrian municipalities impose ban on refugees using swimming pools

By Markus Salzmann, 2 February 2016

The ban on refugees in two Austrian cities, unless they are accompanied by an “escort,” recalls the darkest chapters in Austrian history.

Divisions mount in German government over refugee policy

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 February 2016

The swing to the right by the entire German political establishment has unleashed violent tensions within the government.

German parliament backs new military intervention in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 1 February 2016

The speeches in parliament left no doubt that the German military is intervening in Mali to defend the economic and geopolitical interests of German imperialism.

Prominent German journalist beats the drum for nationalism and war

By Christoph Dreier, 27 January 2016

German media outlets are seeking to outdo each other in stirring up hatred against refugees, calling for a strong state and for more military missions.

Left Party steps-up anti-immigrant agitation in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 25 January 2016

The Left Party’s open promotion of xenophobic, right-wing, anti-refugee political positions is bound up with its support for German imperialism.

New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany: Growing inconsistencies

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 January 2016

After three weeks of intense investigations, what really took place at the central train station in Cologne, Germany on New Year’s Eve remains unclear.

What is behind the growing criticism of German Chancellor Angela Merkel?

By Ulrich Rippert, 21 January 2016

The chancellor, whose position seemed unassailable a few months ago, could now prematurely lose office as she comes under attack from sections of the political establishment.

German IYSSE wins four seats in Humboldt University Student Elections

By our correspondent, 21 January 2016

According to the preliminary election results released early Thursday morning by Humboldt University in Berlin, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality received 149 votes and will have four seats in the student parliament.

German chancellor announces massive expansion of military budget

By Johannes Stern, 16 January 2016

The ruling elite intends to make the working class pay for the return of an aggressive German foreign policy.

German media incites racist hysteria

By Peter Schwarz, 12 January 2016

Unsubstantiated and racist allegations of mass sexual harassment are being used to witch-hunt immigrants and legitimize German preparations for an expanded military intervention in the Middle East.

German government votes to expand military interventions in Mali and Iraq

By Gustav Kemper and Johannes Stern, 11 January 2016

A glance at the foreign ministry’s web site leaves no doubt about the economic interests being pursued by German imperialism.

The assaults in Cologne and the call for a strong state

By Dietmar Henning and Peter Schwarz, 9 January 2016

The events in Cologne have much to do with the social crisis in major German cities, but nothing to do with the influx of almost one million refugees over the past year.

German Luftwaffe joins the Syrian war

By Johannes Stern, 6 January 2016

The entry of the Luftwaffe into the Syrian war, backed by some 1,200 German soldiers and a frigate, opens a new and ominous chapter in the resurgence of German militarism.

German political establishment calls for faster remilitarization

By Philipp Frisch and Johannes Stern, 4 January 2016

Comments by leading politicians, journalists and academics at the New Year leave no room for doubt that the drive to war will only escalate in 2016.

German weekly Die Zeit calls for a “strong state”

By Johannes Stern, 28 December 2015

The leading German liberal newsweekly’s call for a “strong state” is a warning that the ruling class is seeking to defend its interests at home and abroad with military-police methods.

German government creates new “Anti-Terror Unit”

By Philipp Frisch, 24 December 2015

Under conditions of increasing class tensions in Germany and the revival of an aggressive foreign policy, the ruling elite is preparing for the suppression of popular opposition.

German parliament approves expansion of military mission in Afghanistan

By Gustav Kemper, 21 December 2015

Germany’s parliament voted on Thursday by a large majority in favour of a government motion to expand the German military intervention in Afghanistan

German army begins military intervention in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 19 December 2015

The German army played a supporting role in air strikes by the international coalition against the Islamic State on Tuesday night.

American Nazi web site acclaims Humboldt Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 19 December 2015

Professor of Eastern European History Jörg Baberowski is gaining growing recognition in international right-wing and fascist circles.

Angela Merkel’s party congress speech: Anti-immigrant chauvinism and right-wing nationalism

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 December 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared Monday that multiculturalism is a “sham” and demanded further repressive measures against refugees.

IYSSE meeting in Berlin discusses the Syrian war and the aims of German imperialism in the Middle East

By our correspondent, 15 December 2015

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality has launched its election campaign for the student parliament at Humboldt University with a series of lectures entitled “Not another war! Scholarship, not war propaganda.”

German academics Münkler and Baberowski promote imperialist foreign policy

By Peter Schwarz, 11 December 2015

In the Prussian militarist setting of the Schlüterhof, political scientist Herfried Münkler and historian Jörg Baberowski spoke Monday evening on the topic of violence.

Network of former Nazis in German Interior Ministry

By Sibylle Fuchs and Verena Nees, 11 December 2015

According to a new study by historians, there were more former Nazis in leading positions in the German Interior Ministry than in any other ministry.

Calls grow for deployment of German ground troops in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 8 December 2015

A report in Der Spiegel makes clear that far-reaching plans to escalate the German intervention in Syria are being prepared behind the backs of the population.

The new imperialist carve-up of the Middle East

By Joseph Kishore, 7 December 2015

The reasons presented to the public for the rapid escalation of war in Syria have little to do with the strategic discussions taking place in top ranks of the military and the intelligence agencies.

Germany on a war footing

By Peter Schwarz, 4 December 2015

The decision to be taken today by the parliament to participate in the Syrian war marks a turning point in German foreign policy with terrible consequences.

Germany to send 1,200 troops to Syria

By Johannes Stern, 1 December 2015

Almost overnight, and without any public debate, a combat intervention has been set in motion whose consequences and final extent are unknown.

US and European powers prepare military escalation in Iraq, Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 30 November 2015

The US-led war in Syria and Iraq is rapidly evolving into a regional proxy war drawing in all of the world’s major powers.

No to German intervention in Syria!

By Statement by the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit—German section of the ICFI, 28 November 2015

The decision of the German government to participate in the war in Syria marks a new stage in the resurgence of German militarism.

European governments plan intensified military intervention in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 27 November 2015

Whoever is not prepared for military intervention in the struggle of the major powers for influence in the Middle East will be left out of any division of the spoils.

German government preparing military intervention in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 23 November 2015

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, the German ruling elite is accelerating its shift to an aggressive foreign policy.

German defense minister announces combat mission in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 20 November 2015

The German army is preparing a massive expansion of its operations in the West African country, beginning with a dangerous combat mission in the north.

German media brays for war and dictatorship after Paris attacks

By Johannes Stern, 17 November 2015

Right-wing circles in German politics and the media are exploiting the shock over the attacks in Paris to make increasingly explicit appeals for authoritarianism and militarism.

German elite celebrates Bundeswehr anniversary with display of militarism

By Johannes Stern, 13 November 2015

In a ceremony reminiscent of the Nazi era, soldiers in parade uniforms carrying lit torches marked the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Bundeswehr (German army).

German government plans global military offensive

By Johannes Stern, 12 November 2015

The German military and political establishment are discussing plans for interventions in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries.

German grand coalition axes the right to asylum

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 9 November 2015

Germany’s leading political parties have agreed on legislation that will deny hundreds of thousands of refugees their basic right to asylum and family reunification.

New book from Mehring Verlag

Scholarship or War Propaganda attracts wide interest in Germany

By Christoph Dreier, 9 November 2015

The book Scholarship or War Propaganda, published by the Mehring Verlag publishing house in October, has hit a nerve in Germany.

German intelligence agencies criticise government’s refugee policy

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 October 2015

The security agencies’ attacks on the government and chancellor are directed at the democratic structures of society.

Dangerous developments in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 29 October 2015

Recent weeks have seen an intensified effort to use the refugee crisis to build up and legitimize extreme right-wing forces in Germany.

Mehring Verlag publishing house presents new book, Scholarship or War Propaganda? at Frankfurt Book Fair

By our correspondent, 27 October 2015

Scholarship or War Propaganda? deals with the political controversy at Humboldt University in Berlin over the critique of the positions of Professors Jörg Baberowski and Herfried Münkler in support of the return of German militarism.

German Army plans combat mission in Mali

By Peter Schwarz, 19 October 2015

According to German defence ministry plans, robust combat units and reconnaissance drones will be deployed in the embattled north of the country.

Scholarship not war propaganda at Humboldt University!

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 14 October 2015

Professor Jörg Baberowski at Berlin’s Humboldt University no longer limits his right-wing propaganda to his own academic area; he is using his position to build a far-right movement.

Far-right German National Party promotes Professors Münkler and Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 6 October 2015

The current edition of the NPD’s Deutsche Stimme (German Voice), defends the two Humboldt University professors against left-wing criticism.

The fall of Kunduz: A debacle for German imperialism

By Johannes Stern, 1 October 2015

The seizure of the city of Kunduz by the Taliban has prompted calls for delaying the withdrawal of German forces from Afghanistan.

German court clears the way for military deployments without parliamentary approval

By Sonja Bach, 1 October 2015

The ruling lays the foundation for further worldwide interventions of the German military.

US stations new nuclear weapons in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 26 September 2015

The new B 61-12 nuclear bombs to be stationed at the Büchel air base combined have 80 times the explosive power of the nuclear bomb exploded in Hiroshima.

German interior minister plans abolition of right to asylum

By Dietmar Henning, 22 September 2015

Germany’s interior minister and the EU heads of government intend to adopt new measures against refugees this week.

Germany expands its military intervention in the Mediterranean Sea

By Johannes Stern, 21 September 2015

The expansion of Germany’s military operations in the Mediterranean is aimed at preparing a comprehensive military deployment in Africa.

NATO powers move to exploit refugee crisis to intensify bombing of Syria

By Alex Lantier, 7 September 2015

Washington and its European allies plan to exploit the refugee crisis to escalate their bloody war for regime change in Syria, which would create countless more refugees.

German professor Herfried Münkler agitates against refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 5 September 2015

With elaborate formulations and kitchen sink psychology, Humboldt University professor Münkler resurrects the strategy of making immigrants into scapegoats for social problems.

Washington launches new drone assassination program in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 3 September 2015

The previously secret “targeted killing” program appears to be aimed at beheading ISIS.

German defence minister exploits refugee crisis to strengthen military

By Wolfgang Weber, 1 September 2015

Constraints on the domestic use of the German military, in place since the end of Nazi rule, are being wiped away.

Herfried Münkler declares Germany to be Europe’s “hegemon”

By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2015

While the professor declared in July that Germany had to form a “core Europe” together with France, he has now apparently reached the conclusion that Germany alone must dominate the continent.

German parliamentary committee demands increase in military budget

By Johannes Stern, 22 August 2015

The German establishment’s war policies are being developed in close collaboration with the Left Party and the trade unions.

War-mongering against Russia by the German parliament’s official newspaper

By Christoph Dreier, 21 August 2015

The official newspaper of Germany’s parliament has combined foul anti-Russian propaganda with an unbelievable falsification of history in regard to the Second World War.

German Army and NATO begin major military exercises against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 20 August 2015

One of the largest multinational exercises in years on German territory, “Swift Response”, began on Monday.

German government supports ThyssenKrupp in fight to secure submarine contract in Australia

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 14 August 2015

The German armaments corporation ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) is competing for an Australian contract for submarines worth billions of euros.

Who is the new German Attorney General Peter Frank?

By Wolfgang Weber, 12 August 2015

The new attorney general will oversee the attack on democratic rights, an expansion of the security apparatus and the creation of the framework of a police state in Germany.

Background to the government attack on Netzpolitik.org

German court in 1992 upheld 1931 treason conviction of Carl von Ossietzky

By Andreas Kunstmann, 8 August 2015

The BGH judges in 1992 made the decisive factor the legal opinion of judges who later became supporters of the Nazi state.

The sacking of the German attorney general and the assault on press freedom

By Peter Schwarz, 7 August 2015

The events that led to the dismissal of the German Attorney General Harald Range show the true extent of the preparations to erect an authoritarian state.

German army peddles propaganda at heavy metal concert

By Gustav Kemper, 6 August 2015

In order to boost its flagging recruitment campaign, the German army has intensified its attempt to reach the “heart of society.”

Germany takes over military training operations in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 4 August 2015

The German defense minister’s recent visit to Africa is part of the country’s scramble for the continent’s resources.

German federal prosecutor investigates blog for treason

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 August 2015

If a similar procedure were implemented in the US it would mean that any journalist who wrote on the material exposed by Edward Snowden would be liable for prosecution.

Frankfurt university winds down research on National Socialism

By Marianne Arens, 21 July 2015

The attacks against National Socialism research are linked to the revival of German militarism and the aggressive foreign policy of the German government.

German academics, generals promote military build-up and war

By Johannes Stern, 16 July 2015

A high-profile panel discussion on “hybrid war” in Berlin last week shed light on the debates currently taking place within ruling circles in Germany.