Jürgen Elsässer

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Jürgen Elsässer in 2008

Jürgen Elsässer (born 20 January 1957 in Pforzheim) is a German journalist and political activist of the new right.

Life[edit]

Jürgen Elsässer was born in 1957 as son of a watchmaker and a secretary. His two sisters and he were "typically left-wing late 68s", said Elsässer about his youth. His father was a aconservative CDU-voter.[1]

Elsässer became a teacher. Even if he was in communist groups, he swore on the Liberal democratic basic order of the German state to become a Beamter as teacher.[1] He worked as a teacher in a vocational school in Baden-Württemberg, Germany for 14 years before starting his career as journalist for left-wing magazines in 1994. Elsässer published his first works in the newspaper Arbeiterkampf (Workers' Struggle), a magazine which was tied to the Kommunistischer Bund (communist league), an organisation of which he was a member for years.[2][failed verification] In 1990 he was a sharp critic of the German reunification, because he was afraid of the possible dawn of a Viertes Reich (Fourth Reich).

Elsässer was one of the political creators of the Anti-Germans movement. In 1994, he was editor of the leftist Junge Welt (Young world). He was also co-editor of the largest left-wing monthly magazine konkret until he was dismissed.

Elsässer changed his political views to the right.[3] In 2010 he founded Compact magazine,[4] of which he was also the editor.

In 2011 Elsässer admires Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic and his mouthpiece in Germany.[1] During the 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine Elsässer was an outspoken supporter of Russian president Vladimir Putin and received a lot of criticism from the German media for this position.[5]

Elsässer's current political position is commonly considered as right-wing populist[1][6] and he is a sharp critic of the migration policy of the German chancellor Angela Merkel.[7][1]

Reception[edit]

Melanie Amann of Der Spiegel wrote about Elsässer, his appearances are "a mixture of evangelical preacher and teleshopping moderator" and this would "work independently of his message."[1] Similar to this Dietmar Koschmieder, editor in chief of junge Welt said 2018 in Der Spiegel: "If you ask me, [Elsässer] has no convictions at all... He is an expert in emotionalization who adapts his message to the respective target and audience."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g SPIEGEL, Melanie Amann, DER. "Jürgen Elsässer, der Chefideologe der Neuen Rechten - DER SPIEGEL - Politik". www.spiegel.de (in German). Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  2. ^ Brodkorb, Mathias (25 April 2011). "Jürgen Elsässer und sein Magazin "Compact" - Der Gottfried Feder des 21. Jahrhunderts?" [Jürgen Elsässer and his magazine "Compact" - The Gottfried Feder of the 21st century?]. Endstation Rechts (in German). Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  3. ^ Connolly, Kate (12 March 2016). "German anti-refugee party targets 'political earthquake' in elections". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Magazin für Souveränität" [Magazine for Sovereignty] (in German). Compact-magazin.com. Archived from the original on 16 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  5. ^ Korn, Thomas; Umland, Andreas (19 July 2014). "Jürgen Elsässer, Kremlpropagandist" [Jürgen Elsässer, Kremlin propagandist]. ZEIT ONLINE (in German). Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Nach ideologischem Zickzackkurs stramm rechts". www.tagesspiegel.de (in German). Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  7. ^ Elsässer, Jürgen (13 September 2015). "Aufruf an unsere Soldaten: Sichert die deutschen Grenzen!" [Call to Our Soldiers: Secure the borders of Germany!] (in German). Juergenelsaesser.wordpress.com. Retrieved 24 March 2016.