Indispensable for this Republic [FRG]

published in "Die Zeit" (german weekly), 6. 27. 1996



The Blaetter für deutsche und internationale Politik [Journal for German and International Politics], published for the last seven years by an editorial board which has been politically and economically completely autonomous, have developed into a forum of political debate and scholarly analysis transcending all political boundaries.
This journal stands for republican principles, upholds democratic values, and advocates Western values and orientation of this country, reaching far beyond the confines of economic ties and political alliances. The journal also advocates social justice and sustainable development.
Freedom and welfare state, nature and civilization are not treated as mutually exclusive concepts in the Blaetter. The editorial staff of this journal is aware of the continued power which false alternatives such as “community versus society” [„Gesellschaft oder Gemeinschaft“] still possess in this country.
The importance of the Blaetter as a unique forum for political debate lies in the journal's unequivocal defense of the Federal Republic's founding logic, to its engagement on behalf of Germany´s continued integration into the project of political civilization as an essential ingredient of an emancipatory modernity, an issue that still remains contested and is far from definitely accepted in the German media and among relevant elites. In this realm in particular one cannot maintain an air of equivocation, instead, one needs to advocate a clarifying debate.
The task of editorial independence has always been tied to one fundamental principle: that of being a non-profit enterprise, sustained soleley by its readership. Without a decided growth in this readership this project's future is all but sealed.
It is time to show commitment on behalf of the Blaetter. This republic needs this forum.


Ulrich von Alemann, Elmar Altvater, Hans Arnold, Lothar Baier, Ulrich Beck, Kurt Biedenkopf, Georg Bollenbeck, Karl Bonhoeffer, Ignatz Bubis, Andreas Buro, Micha Brumlik, Ernst-Otto Czempiel, Warnfried Dettling, Dan Diner, Irene Dölling, Wolfram Elsner, Wolfgang Fach, Iring Fetscher, Joschka Fischer, Monika Frommel, Katrin Fuchs, Joachim Garstecki, Dietrich Geyer, Ralf Giordano, Günter Grass, Helga Grebing, Martin und Sylvia Greiffenhagen, Jürgen Habermas, Klaus Hänsch, Wilhelm Hankel, Christoph Hein, Detlef Hensche, Dieter Hildebrandt, Eric Hobsbawm, Gunter Hofmann, Ellis Huber, Ernst-Ullrich Huster, Inge Jens, Josef Joffe, Otto Kallscheuer, Sabine Kebir, Arno Klönne, Jürgen Kocka, Erich Kuby, Ingrid Kurz-Scherf, Oskar Lafontaine, Felicia Langer, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, Robert Gerald Livingstone, Peter Lösche, Wilfried Loth, Andrei S. Markovits, Hanns W. Maull, Ingeborg Maus, Manfred Messerschmidt, Meinhard Miegel, Susanne Miller, Hans Mommsen, Kerstin Müller, Herfried Münkler, Wolf-Dieter Narr, Bahman Nirumand, Franz Nuscheler, Dieter Oberndörfer, Claus Offe, William Pfaff, Elizabeth Pond, Friedbert Pflügler, Ulrich K. Prueß, Joachim Raschke, Johannes Rau, Gerd Ruge, Julius H. Schoeps, Gerhard Schröder, Gesine Schwan, Rolf Dietrich Schwartz, Klaus Segbers, Dieter Senghaas, Dorothee Sölle, Kurt Sontheimer, Ilse Staff, Jürgen Trittin, Günter Verheugen, Michael Vesper, Ludger Vollmer, Alena Wagnerová, Ernst-Ullrich von Weizsäcker, Wolfram Wette, Gerda Zellentin