Militarism in Germany
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
14 March 2016
Mehring Books speakers will present the book Scholarship or War Propaganda at the Leipzig Book Fair, which begins this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Ulrich Rippert, 1 February 2016
The swing to the right by the entire German political establishment has unleashed violent tensions within the government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
By Johannes Stern, 19 December 2015
Professor of Eastern European History Jörg Baberowski is gaining growing recognition in international right-wing and fascist circles.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
By Johannes Stern, 12 November 2015
The German military and political establishment are discussing plans for interventions in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries.
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
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.
By Ulrich Rippert, 30 October 2015
The security agencies’ attacks on the government and chancellor are directed at the democratic structures of society.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Sonja Bach, 1 October 2015
The ruling lays the foundation for further worldwide interventions of the German military.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 September 2015
The previously secret “targeted killing” program appears to be aimed at beheading ISIS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 20 August 2015
One of the largest multinational exercises in years on German territory, “Swift Response”, began on Monday.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
By our correspondents, 16 July 2015
WSWS reporters spoke to refugees from Syria who have been protesting for two months to secure the right to asylum denied by the German government.
By Ulrich Rippert, 10 July 2015
The new SPD strategy paper stresses that concerns about “foreign infiltration” must be taken seriously and calls for “zero tolerance for crime and violence.”
By Johannes Stern, 29 June 2015
German politicians and media leave no doubt about the target of the army’s new IFV and combat tanks.
By Franzi Vier, 29 June 2015
In images from armed forces day, children clamber on tanks, sit in military helicopters and hold anti-tank weapons in their hand.
By Niles Williamson, 25 June 2015
The decision to expand the size of the NATO Response Force to 40,000 troops can be understood only as part of preparations for war with Russia.
By Johannes Stern, 20 June 2015
Not a single article has appeared in the German press noting the IYSSE resolution passed June 11 by the student parliament of Humboldt University.
By Johannes Stern, 12 June 2015
The German army is to be equipped with the MEADS tactical air defense system and the multi-role combat ship 180 by the year 2025.
By our correspondents, 12 June 2015
The student parliament at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany adopted a resolution yesterday denouncing attacks against students' fundamental right to criticize professors.
By Thomas Gaist, 9 June 2015
Government heads issued new threats against Russia a day after British officials announced that US nuclear weapons may once again be stationed on British soil.
By Verena Nees, 8 June 2015
The furore surrounding Deutsche Bank has profound causes rooted in economic and political developments since the 2008 financial crisis.
By International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 6 June 2015
The President of Berlin’s Humboldt University, Jan-Hendrik Olbertz, has taken to the press to accuse critical-minded students of suppressing academic freedom.
By Clara Weiss and Wolfgang Weber, 5 June 2015
The Yale professor has developed a new narrative of European history that serves the needs of the nationalist regime in Kiev and war propaganda against Russia.
By Johannes Stern, 30 May 2015
Münkler’s proposals correspond to the plans of the German ruling elite to again establish the country as a political and military “peacekeeping force” in Europe and in the world.
By Peter Schwarz, 29 May 2015
The weekly paper Junge Freiheit, mouthpiece of the New Right, has declared its support for the campaign against critical students at Berlin’s Humboldt University.
By Ulrich Rippert, 29 May 2015
As was the case at the beginning of World War I a century ago, the trade unions are cementing a ceasefire with the government and suppressing strikes in support of militarism.
By Gustav Kemper, 27 May 2015
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper threatened to scrap cooperation with the German secret services because of leaks to the media.
By Johannes Stern, 25 May 2015
In an interview titled “Resentments as in 1933,” political science professor Herfried Münkler has accused anti-militarist students of Nazism and anti-Semitism.
By Peter Schwarz, 22 May 2015
A student blog criticizing the lectures of Herfried Münkler at Humboldt University has been attacked for its anonymity in an effort to distract attention from the real issues at stake.
By Bernd Reinhardt, 13 May 2015
The changes to Berlin’s police powers reveal a mentality that places so-called security needs above the protection of civil liberties.
By Johannes Stern, 4 May 2015
A commentary in one of the major German newspapers is calling for German tanks to be equipped with depleted uranium ammunition to destroy Russian tanks.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 29 April 2015
Humboldt University is attempting to intimidate, suppress and criminalize criticism of the controversial political views publicly advanced by Jörg Baberowski, chair of the university’s Department of Eastern European History.
By Sybille Fuchs, Wolfgang Weber and Peter Schwarz, 25 April 2015
Günter Grass, who died at the age of 87 on April 13, was one of Germany’s most outstanding storytellers and a man who remained true to his political principles throughout his life.