Sheets for German and international politics

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Sheets for German and international politics
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publishing company Blätter Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Berlin
First edition November 25, 1956
Frequency of publication per month
Sold edition 10,700 copies
( Sheets 06/2019 )
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The sheets for German and international politics (abbreviation: "Blätter") are a German political magazine .


The magazine was founded in November 1956 in the context of the neutralist German Club 1954 by the publicist Karl Graf von Westphalen , Hermann Etze, Paul Neuhöffer and Manfred Pahl-Rugenstein . It appeared in the first two years, up to its bankruptcy, in the Cologne publishing house Dörr, then in the Pahl-Rugenstein publishing house . The assessment of the theologian Karl Barth , who called it “an island of reason in a sea of ​​nonsense” - a quote that the magazine still refers to today comes from the first few years .

Many authors from the Marburg School wrote in the papers . In the course of the West German student movement in the 1960s , the magazine developed into an influential medium for the left in West Germany. The Bayernkurier described it as the "central organ of the APO ". In the mid-1980s it had over 15,000 subscribers.

As part of the GDR's work in the West , the sheets served as a medium to propagate their GDR policy in the Federal Republic. The editorial team was politically and financially dependent on the SED , the leading editors also coordinated the content with the SED. Until 1989, the magazine was largely co-financed by the SED through the Pahl-Rugenstein Verlag. When it went bankrupt at the end of 1989 , the papers, unlike other publications by the company, managed to switch to self-publishing with almost 11,000 subscribers .

After the end of the GDR

As early as 1988, a "Blätter-Gesellschaft" was founded as a civil law company to make the magazine independent of publishers. Since 1989 the "Blätter" have been published under their own direction by the Blätter-Verlagsgesellschaft, which was originally founded by the editorial team. Today the sponsor is the “Society for the Promotion of Political-Scientific Journalism and Democratic Initiatives”. V. ”, which is also known as the“ Blätter-Gesellschaft ”(formerly:“ Blätter-Förderverein ”).

In a declaration by intellectuals, published in Die Zeit in June 1996 , it says: "This magazine stands for republican-democratic principles, for a western orientation of the country that goes beyond political and economic ties and for social justice and sustainable development."

The focus of the magazine traditionally consists of the two parts “Comments and Reports” on current domestic and foreign policy issues as well as “Analyzes and Alternatives” with longer articles. There is also the column by William Pfaff . Since the 2011 year, important political documents are no longer published in the printed edition, but only on the publisher's website. This also applies to the short version of the annual economic report (“Memorandum”) of the Alternative Economic Policy working group , which until then had been documented in the May edition of the “Blätter”. Furthermore, the editors draw a chronicle of the political events, which is continuously updated; Long-term developments can be followed via cross-references. Recently there have also been book reviews and special contributions to the debate. Selected articles are provided in full text on the journal's website.

The editing was initially with Karl D. Bredthauer, since 2003 with Albrecht von Lucke , who previously worked as a correspondent for the "Blätter". In 2004, the editorial team moved from Bonn to Berlin. The editorial team today also includes Anne Britt Arps, Daniel Leisegang, Annett Defects, Julia Schweers and Steffen Vogel.

According to the publisher, the printed edition is growing again and will amount to 11,500 copies at the beginning of 2019. According to the publisher, 11,000 copies will be distributed; 10,700 of which are on sale.

The magazine is a cooperation partner of the Internet portals Linksnet and Eurozine and irregularly awards the Democracy Prize .


The group of editors of the “Blätter” consists of Katajun Amirpur , Seyla Benhabib (both since May 2011), Peter Bofinger , Ulrich Brand (both since May 2011), Micha Brumlik , Dan Diner , Jürgen Habermas (since 1997), Detlef Hensche (since January 1998), Rudolf Hickel (since 1982), Claus Leggewie (since 1990), Ingeborg Maus (since January 1998), Jens Reich (since 1990), Rainer Rilling (since 1986), Irene Runge (since 1990), Saskia Sassen (since May 2011), Karen Schönwälder (since January 1998), Friedrich Schorlemmer (since 1990), Gerhard Stuby (since January 1972), Hans-Jürgen Urban (since May 2011) and Rosemarie Will (since 1990).

When it was founded, the group of editors consisted of Franz Beyer , Reimar von Bonin , Ulrich W. Döring , Helmut Dörr , Joseph Emonds , Hermann Etzel , Hildegard Fehlhaber , Georg Groeninger , Johannes Hessen , Hans Joachim Iwand , Karl Klammt , Hanfried Lenz , Franz Rauhut , Hermann Rauschning , Hans Rheinfelder , Franz Paul Schneider , Ernst Schwarz , Heinz Sitta , Hermann Strathmann , Leo Weismantel , Johannes Weidenheim and Karl Graf von Westphalen . In the 1960s, Anton Neuhäusler , Harold Rasch , Viktor Renner , Helmut Ridder , Ernst Wolf , Knut Nevermann and Fritz Strassmann joined them. Other co-editors were Norman Birnbaum , Wilfried von Bredow , Helga Deppe-Wolfinger , Günter Gaus , Ute Holzkamp-Osterkamp , Jörg Huffschmid , Urs Jaeggi , Walter Jens , Gerhard Kade , Walter Kreck , Reinhard Kühnl , Jutta Menschik , Klaus Naumann , Reinhard Opitz and Marie Veit .

Democracy Lecture

Since 2014, the magazine has hosted the Democracy Lecture every year , a political author's lecture on a new publication followed by a discussion. The following have been invited so far:


  • Editor: 50 years of “Blätter” . In: Sheets for German and International Politics. 11/2006. Pp. 1284-1286.
  • Archive DVD 1990–2017 . Blätter Verlag, 2018.
  • Archive 1956–2010 (2 DVD). Blätter Verlag, 2010.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. About the sheets
  2. Georg Rathgen: Books for Peace in millions of copies. 30th anniversary for Pahl-Rugenstein Verlag in Cologne. Interview with the managing director and head of the publishing house Paul Neuhöffer . In: Börsenblatt for the German book trade (Leipzig) . tape 154 , February 3, 1987, pp. 77-80 .
  3. ^ Wilfried von Bredow : Round Table on the History of the Institute for Scientific Politics in the 60s and 70s. In: Wolfgang Hecker, Joachim Klein, Hans Karl Rupp (ed.): Politics and science. 50 years of political science in Marburg . Volume 1: On the history of the institute. Lit, Münster 2001, ISBN 3-8258-5440-X , p. 181.
  4. sheets: history of sheets. Retrieved September 17, 2010 .
  5. –t–: Centers of progressive literature in the FRG. Responsible social engagement - Pahl-Rugenstein Verlag . In: Börsenblatt for the German book trade (Leipzig) . tape 150 , April 19, 1983, pp. 374-376 .
  6. Udo Baron : Cold War and Hot Peace: The Influence of the SED and its West German allies on the party “The Greens”. 2003, p. 58 , accessed on September 17, 2010 (Lit Verlag, Münster, Hamburg, London; zugl .: Chemnitz, Techn. Univ., Diss., 2002 - according to footnote (115) the primary source is Wolfgang Kraushaar : 1968 als Mythos , Cipher and caesura, Hamburg, 2000.).
  7. Roland Kirbach: DKP: Left by the comrades. The SED stops providing financial aid to West German offshoots. In: Die Zeit , No. 52/1989.
  8. ^ Klaus Naumann: Retrofitting and self-recognition. State issues in the political-intellectual milieu of the 'Blätter für German und Internationale Politik'. In: Dominik Geppert, Jens Hacke (ed.): Dispute about the state. Intellectual debates in the Federal Republic 1960–1980. Göttingen 2008, pp. 269-289, 285 m. Footnote 45: “In the mid-1980s, apparently for financial reasons, processes of concentration began in the association of the 'befriended' publishers. Weltkreis- and Röderberg-Verlag were merged with prv; later it was considered to include the publishing house under the umbrella of the party-owned Plambeck publishing house. See Neuhöffer's speech to the extended workforce, January 1987 (private archive), as well as the declaration on the establishment of the 'Blätter-Gesellschaft', in: Blätter 10/1989, pp. 1181 f. "
  9. ^ Leaves: "Leaves" Society. Retrieved on September 17, 2010 : “In the meantime, around 330 readers of the papers have come together in this association to support the independence of the magazine. You pay a monthly fee of at least 10 euros and receive the papers as a members' magazine. / The company's board of directors is made up of Karlheinz Koppe as chairman and Corinna Hauswedell and Wolfgang Zellner as deputies. Karlheinz Koppe became known as the long-time managing director of the German Society for Peace and Conflict Research (DGFK), founded by the then Federal President Gustav Heinemann, and later as chairman of the executive board of the German section of Pax Christi. Even in retirement, he has worked for German and international non-governmental organizations for years. Corinna Hauswedell, Evangelical Academy Loccum, and Wolfgang Zellner, Head of the Center for OSCE Research (CORE) at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) at the University of Hamburg, are also peace researchers and have a political science background. "
  10. ^ Die Zeit , June 27, 1996
  11. ^ Sheets: Documents on current affairs. Retrieved July 31, 2011 .
  12. ^ Pearl diver: Albrecht von Lucke. Retrieved on September 18, 2010 (short biography and publications): "From 1999 freelance journalist and correspondent for the monthly magazine 'Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik', for which he has been an editor since 2003."
  13. Blätter-Redaktion: On our own behalf. In: 1/2004. 2004, pp. 7–8 , accessed on September 18, 2010 : “You can reach the Blätter editorial team at this address from January 5, 2004. We have found a nice neighborhood in the old center of the federal capital. ... Karl D. Bredthauer can still be reached in Bonn ... "
  14. Leaves: Editing Retrieved February 10, 2013 .
  15. Sheets: media data. Retrieved June 16, 2019 .
  16. Editor group accessed on March 27, 2020
  17. a b Development and change in the group of editors between 1956 and 2006 . In: Blätter , 12/2006, p. 1462 f.
  18. Big heads for big questions . In: Blätter , 5/2011, pp. 5–9
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  23. ^ Democracy Lecture 2018. In: Blätter für deutsche und Internationale Politik. November 8, 2018, accessed November 15, 2018 .
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