Militarism in Germany

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.

Syrian refugees speak about their protest in Dortmund, 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.

German SPD’s new program: Racism and law and order

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.”

German army expands its tank battalions targeting Russia

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.

German army targets youth with war propaganda

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.

NATO announces expansion of military force targeting Russia

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.

Why the German media refuses to report Humboldt University students’ defense of Münkler-Watch

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.

German army receives €8 billion for new missile system and warship

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.

Students at Humboldt University pass resolution defending free speech

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.

G7 leaders escalate war threats against Russia

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.

Fraud charges and shareholder revolt at Deutsche Bank

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.

Oppose enforced political conformism at Humboldt University

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.

Historian Timothy Snyder falsifies history at German-Ukrainian conference

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.

Humboldt University professor Herfried Münkler calls for German leadership in Europe

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.

Münkler receives support from the far right in Germany

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.

The contract unity law and the return of German militarism

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.

NSA affair creates tensions between Berlin and Washington

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.

Herfried Münkler’s interview in Die Zeit: State-imposed conformism like 1933

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.

“Münkler-Watch” and the reproach of anonymity: A red herring

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.

Berlin police powers strengthened

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.

German press demands more effective tanks for war against Russia

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.

For freedom of speech at Humboldt University

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.

An appraisal of German writer Günter Grass: 1927-2015

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.