Militarism in Germany
By Peter Schwarz, 15 June 2018
Following the entry of extreme right-wing parties into the Austrian and Italian governments, the European Union and all other European governments are adopting their ruthless refugee policy.
By Ulrich Rippert, 6 June 2018
At the weekend, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) leader Alexander Gauland again took up the right-wing propaganda campaign to gloss over and relativise the crimes of the Nazis.
By Marianne Arens and Elisabeth Zimmermann, 30 May 2018
On Saturday, May 29, 1993, five members of the Gença family were killed in an arson attack carried out by far-right extremists in the town of Solingen.
By our correspondents, 28 May 2018
Demonstrators said they were disgusted by the fascistic tirade against Muslim migrants delivered to the German parliament by AfD leader Alice Weidel.
By Johannes Stern, 22 May 2018
The neo-fascist faction of the German parliament opened the first general debate of the legislative period with a racist tirade. This was simply ignored by Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has largely adopted the fascists’ refugee program.
By Wolfgang Weber, 22 May 2018
The new law eliminates the principle of the separation of the police and intelligence services and abolishes many individual liberties.
By Johannes Stern, 15 May 2018
Following US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord, the German bourgeoisie is intensifying its campaign for militarism, rearmament, and war.
By Johannes Stern, 9 May 2018
Since the government’s initial budget was announced last week, there has been an aggressive campaign in politics and the media with the aim of upgrading the German military much faster and more comperehensively.
By Peter Schwarz, 4 May 2018
The recognition of Israel’s security interests has nothing to do with moral considerations arising from the Shoah.
By Niles Niemuth, 4 May 2018
After a quarter century of regional wars, the imperialist powers are rearming for a third world war to redivide the planet.
By Johannes Stern, 3 May 2018
While there is supposedly no money for social programmes, jobs, pensions and medical care, defence spending next year alone is set to rise by at least three billion euros.
By Gregor Link, 2 May 2018
The deployment of the Bundeswehr domestically and the networking of civilian agencies with the police and military are part of a comprehensive rearmament offensive.
By Gustav Kemper, 25 April 2018
Barely in office, the grand coalition is pushing ahead with its military upgrade plans. Eighteen major contracts should be awarded this year, each exceeding €25 million.
By Johannes Stern, 19 April 2018
The Left Party in Germany is trying to portray itself as an opponent of war in order to prevent a powerful anti-war movement from developing.
By Peter Schwarz, 17 April 2018
Although the attack on Syria was in clear violation of international law, the EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg explicitly endorsed it.
By Johannes Stern, 17 April 2018
The attack on Syria marks a new stage of imperialist aggression aimed not only at Syria but also at Russia.
By The World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 14 April 2018
All of the governments participating in this new onslaught are crisis-ridden and lack any electoral legitimacy.
By Peter Schwarz, 14 April 2018
Die Welt demanded the “eradication of the Assad regime” and the deployment of “hundreds of thousands of soldiers” to Syria to “in the worst case scenario, fight Russians and Iranians.”
By Johannes Stern, 13 April 2018
Barely in office, Germany’s grand coalition government has commenced its programme of massive rearmament as laid down in its coalition agreement.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 April 2018
Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Maas have made it clear that they unreservedly support US, French and British military action against Syria.
By Johannes Stern, 4 April 2018
Defence Minister Ursula Von der Leyen’s speech reawakens the cult-like veneration of the fallen “war heroes” of the Kaiser’s Empire and of the period of the Nazis.
By Johannes Stern, 2 April 2018
The arrest of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont March 25 demonstrates how far advanced the development of a police state is in Germany and across Europe.
By Johannes Stern, 29 March 2018
While London and Washington continue to further incite tensions with Russia over the Skripal case, criticism is mounting within the European Union over their aggressive stance towards Moscow.
By Christoph Vandreier, 27 March 2018
The veteran journalist Edith Kresta has spoken out again “moral sectarianism” in relation to far-right positions and against the stigmatization of xenophobic prejudices.
By Peter Schwarz, 24 March 2018
The central theme of the parliamentary debate on the new government’s programme was the limiting and deportation of refugees.
By Johannes Stern, 23 March 2018
In her typical lethargic and tedious style, Merkel presented the most reactionary German government programme since the end of the Second World War.
By Johannes Stern, 21 March 2018
The new government is stoking a racist atmosphere to further its programme of militarism, social attacks, and the strengthening of the repressive state apparatus.
By Johannes Stern, 17 March 2018
In his inaugural address, the new foreign minister stressed that the third grand coalition under Angela Merkel would accelerate Germany’s return to an aggressive foreign policy.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 March 2018
Christian Democratic Union leader Angela Merkel was elected German chancellor for the fourth time Wednesday, almost six months after the federal election.
By Johannes Stern, 15 March 2018
With the re-election of Angela Merkel, the most right-wing German government has taken office since the fall of the Third Reich.
Great power politics, militarism, increased deportations: The right-wing programme of Germany’s grand coalition
By Peter Schwarz, 14 March 2018
The ruling class of Germany is reacting to the crisis of the European Union by returning to the criminal methods it used in the past.
An Open letter from the International Youth and Students for Social Equality to the editors of German daily Tageszeitung
12 March 2018
The following letter was sent by the IYSSE to the editors of the German daily Tageszeitung, after it published a defence of right-wing extremist professor Jörg Baberowski and defamed his critics.
By Peter Schwarz, 10 March 2018
The SPD will play a key role in the new cabinet, after rank-and- file members approved the right-wing coalition agreement by a clear two-thirds majority.
By Johannes Stern, 8 March 2018
No sooner had the membership of the SPD voted for the continuation of the government alliance with the CDU/CSU, plans for new military operations were announced.
International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE), 6 March 2018
The Tageszeitung, a daily close to the German Green Party, dedicated its weekend edition to a frontal attack on the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE).
By Ulrich Rippert, 3 March 2018
The massive pressure the SPD leadership has exerted on its members is part of a political conspiracy to implement a militaristic program.
By Johannes Stern, 1 March 2018
Ursula von der Leyen made clear in a recent interview what the central tasks of Germany’s incoming government will be: a major rearmament programme and the waging of war.
By Johannes Stern, 26 February 2018
Left Party representative Stefan Liebich greeted the war speech of Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) at the Munich Security Conference.
By Johannes Stern, 24 February 2018
Merkel made clear that the incoming grand coalition will implement a massive military build-up, a new round of social austerity and adopt the far-right’s policies on refugees.
By Peter Schwarz, 23 February 2018
The annual report sets the stage for a massive expansion of military spending on the part of the incoming grand coalition government.
By Alex Lantier, 22 February 2018
This weekend's conference was dominated by rising, potentially violent conflict between the major powers, notably the United States and Europe.
By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2018
The interventions of the German defence and foreign ministers at the conference show that the central aim of the new grand coalition government will be to accelerate Germany’s return to militarism and great power politics.
By Chris Marsden, 19 February 2018
Washington led the pack in bellicosity towards Syria and North Korea, tied to allegations of Russian and Chinese culpability.
By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2018
A rearmament offensive is being prepared, comparable only to that of Hitler’s Wehrmacht in the 1930s.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 February 2018
The central issue being discussed by the high-ranking attendees at the conference is how the assembled great powers, and the Europeans in particular, can rearm to prepare for war.
By Ulrich Rippert, 15 February 2018
Important sections of the coalition pact between the Christian Democrats and Social Democrats agreed last week bear the imprint of the top military brass.
By Johannes Stern, 13 February 2018
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced the build-up in the course of her trip to the Middle East last weekend.
By Johannes Stern, 12 February 2018
With a new NATO headquarters, Germany would be even more strongly involved in NATO preparations for war against Russia.
Statement of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 10 February 2018
The Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party) demands the publication of all secret protocols and lists of participants in the coalition talks, which have laid the basis for the coming to power of the most right-wing government since the downfall of the Nazis.
By Johannes Stern, 8 February 2018
A new grand coalition between the Social Democrats and conservative parties will launch a massive military build-up, initiate a new round of austerity and carry out police-state measures.
By Katerina Selin, 8 February 2018
Last week, the Berlin Senate, a coalition of the Social Democratic Party, the Left Party and the Greens, discussed a far-reaching security plan for the German capital.
By our reporters, 1 February 2018
Up to 500,000 workers are participating in one-day strikes in Germany’s automotive and electrical industries, the largest strikes in the sector for 15 years.
By Johannes Stern, 15 January 2018
Opposition within the population to the grand coalition’s anti-working class and militarist policies is enormous.
By Peter Schwarz, 13 January 2018
The 28-page document on the results of the exploratory talks conceals a deeply reactionary right-wing programme behind unctuous rhetoric about an “awakening,” “democracy,” “peace” and “justice.”
By Christoph Vandreier, 8 January 2018
Gabriel’s rhetoric, in his interview with Spiegel Online, is aimed at initiating a further escalation of German militarism and freeing Berlin from any restrictions.
By Johannes Stern, 3 January 2018
A recent paper by the Bavarian Christian Social Union makes clear what the real questions are about forming the next government.
By Peter Schwarz, 23 December 2017
Social inequality has reached a scale that is no longer compatible with democratic forms of rule.
By Peter Schwarz, 22 December 2017
In an unlawful act, the police and state prosecutor have published online the photos of hundreds of demonstrators five months after the G20 protests.
By Johannes Stern, 16 December 2017
Despite the ongoing government crisis, all the German bourgeois parties are driving forward the militarization of foreign policy.
By Johannes Stern, 13 December 2017
Dietmar Bartsch, the Left Party’s parliamentary leader, has followed Social Democrat Foreign Minister Gabriel in advocating an “assertive role” for Germany in the world.
By Peter Schwarz, 6 December 2017
Gabriel’s new course marks a break with German foreign policy of the last seventy years and a return to pre-1945 politics.
By Justus Leicht and Dietmar Henning, 24 November 2017
Lawyers for the relatives and victims of the terrorist attacks carried out by the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground (NSU) are presenting their final arguments in the case against the NSU.
By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 23 November 2017
Under present conditions, this is the only way in which the working class can intervene into political events, bring their interests to bear and combat the far right’s political offensive.
By Christoph Vandreier, 10 November 2017
The Humboldt University professor was rebuffed in an attempt to have a court prohibit the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei from exposing his falsifications of history.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 November 2017
The voices calling for the adoption of an aggressive foreign policy and a major military expansion by a future “Jamaica coalition” are growing louder.
By Philipp Frisch, 7 November 2017
Against the backdrop of US aggression against North Korea, NATO is intensifying its preparations for war with Russia, the world’s second largest nuclear power.
By Peter Schwarz, 6 November 2017
The greatest pressure for a massive rearmament comes not from the “Jamaica” parties, but rather from the Social Democrats, the SPD.
By Dietmar Henning, 26 October 2017
An undercover agent from the State Criminal Bureau in North Rhine-Westphalia is alleged to have had close contact with the perpetrator of the 2016 Berlin Christmas Market attack.
By Philipp Frisch, 21 October 2017
On October 9, the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) resumed operations in Syria and Iraq as part of the US-led coalition against ISIS.
By Johannes Stern, 14 October 2017
Trump’s aggressive course of action against Iran has provoked a strong reaction in Berlin, where German politicians and media figures are openly discussing a break with the US.
By Christopher Hosang and Johannes Stern, 2 October 2017
For the first time since the collapse of the Third Reich 72 years ago, a right-wing extremist party has entered the German Bundestag.
By Tino Jacobson, 30 September 2017
The latest acquisitions are part of a comprehensive armaments program over coming years whose dimensions recall the massive rearming of the Wehrmacht in the 1930s.
By Johannes Stern, 29 September 2017
The ruling class has responded to the right-wing extremist AfD’s electoral success with intensified calls for a military build-up and the strengthening of the repressive state apparatus.
By Johannes Stern, 26 September 2017
The same parties that are politically responsible for the rise of the AfD are exploiting the right-wing extremists’ electoral success to shift the political climate even further to the right.
By Peter Schwarz, 25 September 2017
For the first time since the fall of the Nazis, a right-wing extremist party is entering Germany’s national parliament.
By Johannes Stern, 23 September 2017
Phrases about “peace,” “human rights” and “global justice” are rhetorical window-dressing for Germany’s renewed turn to imperialist “Realpolitik.”
By Johannes Stern, 21 September 2017
Just days before the federal election, a leading member of the far-right Alternative for Germany has called for Germany's Nazi past to be seen in a positive light.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 September 2017
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung warned the Polish government that its western border would no longer be recognised if it continues to insist upon reparations.
By Alex Lantier, 14 September 2017
In his State of the European Union speech yesterday, the EU Commission president outlined an aggressive military and commercial agenda for post-Brexit Europe.
By Johannes Stern, 14 September 2017
The Left Party, like all of Germany’s capitalist parties, is fully integrated into German militarism and is playing a central role in the country’s return to an aggressive foreign policy.
By Verena Nees, 13 September 2017
Sahra Wagenknecht, the Left Party's leading candidate for this month's federal election, has made clear that all its talk of “opposing the right wing” is just that—empty talk.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 September 2017
The military build-up has not featured in the election campaign because all parties agree that it must be massively expanded after the election.
By Johannes Stern, 9 September 2017
The media and political parties have long sought to keep the issues of war and militarism out of the election campaign, but reality is now catching up with them.
By Marianne Arens, 7 September 2017
The largest evacuation in post-war German history led to many lively discussions about war and dictatorship.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 September 2017
The extent of surveillance and the arbitrary and unconstitutional storage of data on thousands of “left-wing political extremists” are typical characteristics of an authoritarian police state.
By Johannes Stern, 1 September 2017
The Social Democrats are seeking to transform widespread opposition to US-led imperialist wars into support for German militarism.
By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2017
The more the SPD declines in the polls, the more it lashes out aggressively in its election campaign.
By Peter Schwarz, 25 August 2017
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier used the anniversary of the Hitler-Stalin pact to threaten Russia and boost Estonian nationalism, which draws directly from the traditions of the Nazis.
By Johannes Stern, 24 August 2017
The same politicians and media outlets that criticized Trump’s response to the fascist rampage in Charlottesville are now fully behind his escalation of war in Afghanistan.
By Johannes Stern, 23 August 2017
Retired General Hans-Lothar Domröse declared that Germany, as Europe’s biggest economic power, must possess an appropriately equipped military.
By Sven Heymanns, 23 August 2017
Two developments in recent days illustrate the extent of ultra-right thinking and activities in the German army that are supported and covered up at the highest level.
By Johannes Stern, 22 August 2017
The same German media outlets and politicians who denounce Donald Trump for his support for the extreme right defend academic Jorg Baberowski for making even more egregious statements.
By Johannes Stern, 16 August 2017
The sanctimonious outrage of German politicians and media outlets over the Charlottesville events cannot conceal their responsibility for the rehabilitation of right-wing extremist ideology and its violent consequences.
By Wolfgang Weber, 14 August 2017
An entire edition of the leading news magazine is devoted to discussing how a Trump-style leader could be just what the German ruling class needs.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 August 2017
The German government increasingly regards the US as its most important imperialist rival and considers an open conflict with its previous ally inevitable in the long term.
By Sven Heymanns, 9 August 2017
In a guest contribution for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Professor Ralph Rotte declares that Germany’s armed forces should look to World War I for their role models.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 August 2017
The sanctions against Russia adopted by a large majority in the US Congress are being interpreted in Germany as a trade war measure against Europe.
By Sven Heymanns, 2 August 2017
In two recent articles published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the newspaper makes the case for Germany arming itself with nuclear weapons.
By Sven Heymanns, 22 July 2017
It is clear that police, leading politicians and the media systematically exaggerated the scale of what took place in Hamburg and invented a number of incidents.
By Christoph Vandreier, 20 July 2017
More than 6,000 right-wing extremists, wearing shirts reading “National Socialist” and “I love HTLR,” and spouting Nazi slogans, travelled from across Europe to take part in the event.