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Peter Wahl (* 1948 ) is a German author . He was a co-founder and board member of the non-governmental organization World Economy, Ecology & Development (WEED) as well as a founding member and member of the coordination group of Attac Germany from 2001 to 2007.


Peter Wahl studied social sciences and Romance languages in Mainz, Aix-en-Provence and Frankfurt am Main . He organized himself in the MSB Spartakus , which he represented in 1973/74 on the board of the Association of German Student Unions. After completing his studies, Wahl initially worked as a development policy journalist and until the self-dissolution in 1990 of the Anti-Imperialist Solidarity Committee for Africa, Asia and Latin America (ASK) founded in 1973 by the Giessen doctor Erich Wulff as its long-term chairman. In the 1980s he participated in the anti-apartheid movement and was a member of the coordination group of the Federal Congress of Development Action Groups ( BUKO ) from 1988 to 1991 . Wahl was a member of the DKP until the end of the 1980s . Since 1988 he has been a member of the editorial team of the Information Letter World Economy and Development and is a co-founder of WEED. From 1994 to 2000 he was a member of the culture committee of the City of Bonn for the Greens and from 1998 was their cultural policy spokesman. Wahl played a key role in the founding of Attac Germany and in the early years of the network.

Wahl is now non-party and lives in Berlin.

Attac and WEED

After the alternative summit to the G8 in Cologne in 1999, Wahl, as a representative of WEED, took the initiative to found the globalization-critical network Attac. Together with Anja Osterhaus from the ecumenical initiative KAIROS Europe, he invited to a first preparatory meeting, which took place on September 14, 1999 in Frankfurt / M. took place. From the founding of Attac in January 2000 to November 2007, he was a member of the Attac coordination group as a representative of the member organization WEED. During this time, Wahl strongly influenced the conception, content and strategic orientation of Attac. He was often referred to in the media as a “board member” or “spokesman” for Attac or the anti-globalization movement and was often interviewed and quoted. He was involved in the organization of the alternative summit and the large demonstration in Rostock against the G8 summit and has participated in several large congresses over the years (most recently at the DGB Capitalism Congress 2009). In his publications, too, he deals with extra-parliamentary movements - such as those that are critical of globalization and the trade unions -, the G8 summits, but also with the international financial markets, taxation and debt relief in poorer countries. Some of his texts - partly as a co-author - were published as Attac basic texts. For a long time he headed the financial markets department at WEED full-time and is still active on this topic as a board member today.


In connection with the violent riots at the Rostock demonstration in connection with the G8 summit on June 2, 2007, Peter Wahl publicly criticized the violent demonstrators and wanted to exclude them from the following demonstrations. For these statements he received criticism from radical left groups. The violence / militancy debate continued inside and outside of Attac for a while. Even after the summit, Wahl reiterated his criticism of the use of force.


WEED publications


Individual evidence

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  3. ^ Deutscher Hochschulführer, Bonn 1973, p. 463.
  5. Toralf Staud: Attac: Blondes groan . In: The time . No. 44/2003 ( online ).
  7. On the person of Peter Wahl at the Federal Agency for Civic Education, accessed on June 16, 2009
  8. Die Linke.SDS: Reader on violence / militancy debate (PDF; 531 kB) from June 23, 2007 (PDF file; 518 kB) ( Memento of the original from October 31, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  9. see article by Peter Wahl: The Gessler hood (under bibliography)

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