Anarchist Pogo Party of Germany

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Anarchist Pogo Party of Germany
Party leader Andreas Reiter
Deputy Chairman Hendrik Fullmann
Federal Treasurer Cordula Bayer
founding 1981
Place of foundation Hanover
Headquarters Berlin
Youth organization Antisocial youth
newspaper poor Germany
Alignment Anarchism
Colours) black-and-white
Government grants no
Number of members 1215 (as of April 20, 2003)
Minimum age 16 years

The Anarchist Pogo Party of Germany (short name: APPD ) is a small German party that describes itself as " pogo - anarchist ". Since 1997 the APPD has participated in federal, state and local elections. Its seriousness is questioned by many political observers and the APPD is often classified as a fun party .

Content profile

According to its self-description, the APPD is “the advocate of the mob and the social parasite ”. The main political goals of the APPD are the right to unemployment with full wage compensation , the reorganization of Germany into various "pogo zones ( Balkanization )", the "radicalization of the educational standard" with the simultaneous abolition of compulsory education , the legalization of all drugs and the relaxation of assembly and training Right of demonstration. The primary goal of the APPD is the implementation of the societal model of the so-called pogoanarchy. The party's motto is peace freedom adventure . The APPD also wants to "Balkanise" Germany. This is justified by the fact that people can basically be divided into three different "pogo races", whose coexistence in a common area is not "species-appropriate". Therefore takes for each pogo breed a species-appropriate living space to be created (for power Willige SBZs = " S Ichere B eschäftigungs- Z ones", "for power unwilling APCs = A social P arasiten- Z ones" and for violent and violence oriented GEPs = " G ewalt E rlebnis P arks ”).

According to the party, historical facts should also be taken into account when dividing and restructuring the federal territory, e.g. B. the earlier existence of many independent principalities and states in Germany. These can regain their autonomy in connection with Balkanization . The APPD rejects Germany as a nation state . Rather, the local decentralized interests of the population are in the foreground according to the APPD.

Named honorary members

The APPD named some celebrities and non-members unasked as "full honorary members" who, according to the party view, are supposed to be representative of a certain pogo race, which also led to lawsuits against the APPD. The nominations included:

For the APZs:

For the SBZs:

For the GEPs:

Election slogans

The APPD election slogans include: Peace, Freedom, Adventure , Politics is shit! , School sucks! , Fuck Heil! , Stupid and happy! , Work sucks! , Anti-social to power! , Misery, suffering and death , drinking, drinking, just drinking every day! , Create order, tick the cross , We are fighting for a new, just world order , Work for those willing to work! , Youth pension instead of old-age pension , no more majority , money comes from the printing works, we are free from work! and my vote for the trash!

The slogans can also be found on many items of clothing such as B. to find T-shirts or sweaters that are sold by the APPD itself. The T-shirt and merchandising sales . Assumed for APPD has always been an important pillar is how it was decided in 1983, is the APPD its own perspective, a commercial -party, which - as it was then - with the sale of "overpriced trinkets " want to enable their management team to have a good life. This should show how purchasable parties are supposed to be in the view of the APPD. Since there were allegations to the federal executive committee that the money collected from the “commercial shop” was not used for the party, there was another scandal within the party.

Election results

Since the beginning of its electoral participation in 1997, the APPD participated in two federal elections, the election to five state parliaments, two local elections, one district election and two mayoral elections.

  • 1997 state election in Hamburg: 0.5% - 3754 votes
  • 1998 Bundestag election : first votes 0.0% - 1676 votes (1 candidate each in Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Saarland); Second votes 0.1% - 35,242 votes (participation in Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Bremen, Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse, Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Saarland)
  • 2001 election to the Berlin House of Representatives: first votes 0.0% - 186 votes
  • 2003 State election in Hesse: first votes 0.0% - 216 votes
  • 2005 Bundestag election : first votes 0.0% - 3018 votes (3 candidates in Berlin, 1 candidate in Saxony); Second votes 0.0% - 4233 votes (participation in Berlin and Hamburg)
  • 2006 election to the Berlin House of Representatives: Second votes 0.3% - 3476 votes
  • 2006 Local elections in Hesse (Marburg (Lahn) district): 0.6% - 7679 votes
  • 2006 local elections in Lower Saxony (constituency Linden-Limmer as a pogo party): 1.6% - 569 votes
  • 2006 Mayor election in Tübingen (candidate Steven Good): 1.1% - 325 votes
  • 2007 Mayoral election in Elmshorn (candidate Andreas Forte): 10.3% - 1070 votes
  • 2007 district election in Hesse (Marburg-Biedenkopf district, candidate Mirco Rosenberger): 2.0% - 1155 votes
  • 2011 Election to the Berlin House of Representatives: Second votes 0.0% - 401 votes (only in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg with 0.4%)


The party's official, decentralized press organ is Armes Deutschland magazine . In addition to the federal association, there are regional associations in some federal states. The individual regional associations are broken down into district / local associations, which the APPD calls "cancer cells, ulcers and metastases". According to the party, this is how the "spreading of the Pogoanarchy" should be represented, since the media and politics allegedly kept drawing this image of the Pogoanarchy. The APPD does not want centralization and also ties this to its organizational structure. Local cancer cells are seen as the starting point for “Balkanization from below”. Partner parties of the APPD in other countries include the Alpine Pogo Party of Austria (APPÖ) and the Anarchist Pogo Party of America (APPA) in the USA .

Party language

The party members are referred to in the party statute and in the salutation as Kamernossen . The term Kamernosse is a word created from comrade and comrade . The official greeting and farewell formulas are Fick Heil or Pogo Heil .

On September 24, 2006, the state members' meeting of the Hessian APPD in Marburg was dissolved by the police. 17 attendees (members and uninvolved party guests) were for temporary identification procedures taken. According to the operations management, a resident heard right-wing extremist slogans. This later turned out to be a misunderstanding, as the usual party greeting Fick Heil! It was called and demanded that all neo-Nazis and other violent criminals should be brought to “violence experience parks”, where, according to the APPD, they could create a “violent society according to their personality structure” - and abuse their kind.

The APPD symbol, the so-called “Balkanium”, looks like a V drawn through a circle. This symbol can also be found in Alan Moore's graphic novel V for Vendetta , but according to Karl Nagel's own statements it does not come from it.

The symbol is intended to symbolize the “Balkanization of Germany in three zones”.



Front page of the first APPD program from 1984

The party was founded in 1981 by two high school students from Hanover, nicknamed Zewa and Kotze . In the following years, many punks joined them and many demonstrations were organized, some of which were violently ended by the police because of the doubtful seriousness of the demonstration mottos (such as freedom for the Easter bunny ).

In 1983 the party leadership made the decision to expand the APPD nationwide. A completely new concept was developed under the leadership of later top candidate Karl Nagel . APPD politics should be placed on an absolutely legal basis, and satirical humor should give way to commercial political satire. The proximity to the punk scene came about through the relationships between the founders. Members were recruited into the scene as early as 1982 .

On February 18, 1984, the first regular party congress of the APPD was held in Hanover. The party's first official program was adopted in Hanover. Many small associations and sections of the APPD were formed, which were loosely organized with the party. The clashes on the Chaostage 1984 between the police and pogo anarchists brought the political work of the APPD to a standstill throughout Germany. In August 1986, the second ordinary party conference was held on the Munich Olympic site. This resulted in differences of opinion within the party between the anarchist and the self-appointed monarchist wing of the APPD. That led to the dissolution of the party.


In 1994 the APPD was re-established. It was decided to run elections now. In the city council elections in Hamburg 1997, the APPD received 5.3% of the votes in the St. Pauli district and became the fourth strongest party there. In 1998 the APPD joined with its top candidate Karl Nagel with the motto work is shit! and drinking, drinking, just drinking every day! in the Bundestag election. However, it only achieved 35,347 votes (0.07%) nationwide and thus not the 0.5% necessary to be able to repay the electorate for reimbursement of election campaign costs in the form of a planned free beer party. Finally the party was dissolved again in Bremen in 1999.


In December 2000, it was decided in Munich to found the APPD. In the 2002 elections the APPD came not. The then top candidate Dennis King therefore took on a more representative role. A sufficient number of signatures were collected to participate in the 2004 European elections , but they were not submitted on time. In the course of the reforms in the party in November 2004 it was decided that the APPD will now also take part in regional elections in order to enforce the principle of Balkanization from below .

Bundestag election 2005

Wolfgang Wendland , APPD candidate for Chancellor 2005, singer of the band Die Kassierer

In May 2005, however, the participation of the APPD in the election campaign for the upcoming federal election was announced. Election campaign manager was the former APPD top politician Karl Nagel, top candidate Wolfgang Wendland , known as the singer of the cashiers under the nickname Wölfi.

The APPD was one of the small parties that saw their constitutional rights restricted by the early elections to the 16th German Bundestag . The party was therefore the first to file a constitutional complaint on July 22, 2005 . On August 12, 2005, the Federal Electoral Committee approved the APPD for the early 2005 Bundestag election. However, the APPD was only able to compete in Berlin and Hamburg, as the necessary supporter signatures were not submitted in time in the remaining federal states.

Controversial election commercial

On August 26, 2005, the APPD's election advertising was first rejected by the WDR, which is responsible for broadcasting election commercials within the ARD , because, according to WDR, it “seriously jeopardizes the development of children and young people and their upbringing to become independent and socially competent people”. In the opinion of the WDR, intoxicants were consumed and sexual acts were shown. It was broadcast after the party had drawn up a modified version: apart from the speech and the closing remarks by the top candidate, instead of each individual scene, only a full-screen note was displayed, alluding to the original scenes from the election commercial. In the ZDF , the spot was also broadcast in the modified version.

Due to the decision of the Higher Administrative Court in Münster , the original version of the spot was broadcast on ARD on September 5th. The Higher Administrative Court commented on the commercial as "tasteless", the then Interior Minister Otto Schily described it as "a shame for Germany".

A subsequent ironic apology, also directed by Karl Nagel, was not broadcast because the party had exhausted its entitlement to two airtime with the previous broadcast dates.

Split after the federal election

Tent of the pogo party 2008 at the ferryman festival in Hanover

After the election on September 18, 2005, the party was shattered, and within the party the concepts from the 1980s were called into question. Some demands of the APPD have been implemented incorrectly and now have to be worded differently. It was accused that the swinger clubs advocated by the APPD do not do justice to the principle of “free sexual pleasure in Mitfickzentralen”, but only in terms of the organizational form. The party was divided into two different camps. The group around Nagel condemned the attempts of the Berlin parliamentary group to establish a more serious and result-oriented policy in the APPD. These differences ended in personal hostility, most of which took place on the Internet. The reason for the pogo war called by the APPD was the party's website: Nagel claimed the APPD website for himself, after a court ruling Großmann was granted the rights to the site. Nagel then responded by registering the website , which was later officially founded as a party on November 6th. Result of internal party disputes was now the division of the APPD in the Anarchist Pogo Party of Germany and the Pogoanarchistischen Pogo Party shortly POP .

According to the party, the POP was founded not least because many long-time activists in the APPD saw the pogoanarchy drying up. They saw the possibility of transferring the pogoanarchy into the 21st century only with the split-off and the founding of a new party. The members who remained in the APPD felt betrayed by the Pogo party and now fear a “commercial exploitation of the Pogoanarchy” at the expense of their supporters.

APPD after the split

Steven Good was elected as the new federal chairman on December 10, 2005 at the so-called reunification party conference, but could not take the post because the election was declared invalid.

  • On March 26, 2006, APPD- Marburg ran for the first time in a local election in Hesse with the mottos ' Politics is shit' and ' Never again majorities' . Norbert Nobze Bollen achieved 0.6% as the top candidate in Marburg.
  • The Berlin regional association ran for the elections for the House of Representatives on September 17, 2006. The Berlin APPD received 0.3% of the vote in Berlin , and 1% in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg administrative district .
  • In Hesse, a new state board was elected at the regular state members' meeting on September 24, 2006, and Norbert Bollen became the new state board chairman.
  • In October 2006, Good ran as a candidate for the mayoral election in Tübingen for the APPD and achieved 1.1%.
  • In 2007 it was announced to stand in the 2008 elections for the Bavarian State Parliament.
  • Mirco Rosenberger stood for the APPD for the upcoming election of the district administrator in the Marburg-Biedenkopf district on September 9, 2007. On April 28, 2007, it was decided at the regular state members' meeting in Marburg to run for the 2008 state elections. The prerequisite was that the Hessen APPD had to submit 1000 support signatures by November 2007 in order to participate in the state elections. In a meeting of the Hessian electoral committee on November 30, 2007, it was determined that the APPD had only collected 285 supportive signatures for its candidacy and consequently clearly failed to meet the requirements.

Bundestag election 2009

On July 17, 2009, the federal election committee denied the APPD's status as a party. Federal Returning Officer Roderich Egeler denied that the party was serious and noted that there was a lack of organizational structures. It was therefore unable to run in the 2009 Bundestag election , just like The PARTY and the Free Union . The objection raised against this decision was rejected by the electoral review committee as unfounded. Another objection to the non-admission of a district election proposal in constituency 172 (Marburg-Biedenkopf) was also rejected.

The admission of the Pogo party was not even voted on because it had already disbanded by its own admission.

Development since 2010

The local association APPD-Marburg (Hessen) ran again for local elections in 2011. In its meeting on January 24, 2011, the municipal electoral committee in Marburg approved both the election proposal for the mayoral election and the municipal election. In 2011, in the Berlin district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg , APPD ran for election to the 17th House of Representatives with a direct candidate . Rainald Grebe read the entire election program of the APPD for the election to the 17th House of Representatives in Berlin , in his revue Völker, looks at this city in the Maxim-Gorki-Theater .

On March 30, 2013, the APPD launched the GDNK (Secret Dictatorial Emergency Committee) on a new website. In April 2013 a newsletter was sent by email about the new board of the GDNK of the APPD.

On July 2, 2016, a new federal board was elected in Nuremberg .

Political classification

Outsiders such as the former Bundestag President Wolfgang Thierse deny that the APPD is "sufficiently serious", the condition for allowing a party to vote, and describe the party as a fun party . In particular, the controversial commercial for the 2005 Bundestag election reinforced this assumption among many critics.

In addition, it is often pointed out that the plans to Balkanize Germany are not feasible, as they would bring the economy to a standstill. Some critics also believe that certain goals of the party are not in conformity with the constitution .

The superficial use of the term anarchism has been criticized by anarchists . They see their values ​​withdrawn from their seriousness by the pleasurable politics of the APPD.

Other parties

In addition to the Anarchist Pogo Party of Germany (APPD) there are a number of other parties that split off from it. In Germany these are the Pogo Party (POP) and the Anarchist Pogo Party of Bavaria (APPB). There is also the Alpine Pogo Party of Austria (APPÖ), the anarchistech pogo pareti lastebuerj (Anarchist Pogo Party of Luxembourg; APPL), the Pogo Parti Suisse (Swiss Pogo Party) and the Anarchistic Pogo Party of America (APPA) in the UNITED STATES.


  • Burkhard Röwekamp, ​​Matthias Steinle: “Politics is shit” on television too - Or: What you always wanted to know about election advertising but haven't dared to believe. Anarcho-aesthetic education of the APPD . In: Andreas Dörner, Christian Schicha (Hrsg.): Politics in the spot format - On the semantics, pragmatics and aesthetics of political advertising in Germany . Wiesbaden 2008, pp. 337-351
  • Klaus Farin (Ed.): The party is always right! The collected writings of the “Anarchist Pogo Party of Germany” . Tilsner Verlag 1998
  • Viola Neu : Anarchist Pogo Party of Germany (APPD) . In: Frank Decker , Viola Neu (Ed.): Handbook of German political parties . Bonn 2013, pp. 142–144
  • Philipp Meinert: "Dear voters, the APPD is a completely normal party ...!" - The Anarchist Pogo Party of Germany . In: Philipp Meinert, Martin Seeliger (Eds.): Punk in Germany - Social and cultural-scientific perspectives . Bielefeld 2013, pp. 83-105
  • Norbert Weinrowsky: Anti-Politics. Shown using the examples APPD and Chance 2000 . Diploma thesis at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences in 1999

Web links


  1. (PDF)
  2. Karl Nagel: Would you believe me to lie?  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  3. SATIRE: Voice of the Mob . In: Der Spiegel . No. 36 , 1997 ( online ).
  4. State elections Anarchos are not allowed to run ( Memento of December 21, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Report of the Hessischer Rundfunk
  5. Fourth recommendation for a resolution and report by the electoral review committee on 43 objections to the validity of the election to the 17th German Bundestag on September 27, 2009 (PDF; 1.9 MB) July 1, 2011. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  6. Third resolution recommendation of the electoral examination committee on objections to the validity of the election to the 17th German Bundestag on September 27, 2009 (PDF; 1.1 MB) January 31, 2011. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  7. ^ Roderich Egeler (Federal Returning Officer): Overview of the recognition of the parties in the Federal Election Committee ( memento from July 20, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Bundestag information from July 17, 2009
  8. ^ Second votes in the election to the Berlin House of Representatives on September 18, 2011. Final result
  9. Berlin election program 2011 (PDF)
  10. Rainald Grebe Völker looks at this city . Report by the RBB on YouTube.
  11. ^ Announcement: Proclamation of the secret dictatorial emergency committee (GDNK) of the APPD
  12. Information on the Secret Dictatorial Emergency Committee (GDNK) of the APPD. ( Memento from August 9, 2013 in the web archive ) APPD Newsletter April 2013
  13. Results of the Federal Party Congress 2016. (No longer available online.) APPD Bavaria / Franconia, archived from the original ; accessed on May 20, 2018 .
  14. ^ Andreas Dörner, Christian Schicha: Politics in the spot format: On the semantics, pragmatics and aesthetics of political advertising in Germany . Wiesbaden 2008