Neue Rechte

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The Neue Rechte (English: New Right) is a German political movement, founded in opposition to the "New Left" generation of the 1960s. Ideologically, they are linked to the ideologues of the Weimar Conservative Revolution, which included such people as Carl Schmitt, Ernst Jünger, Oswald Spengler and Ernst von Salomon. They parallel the French Nouvelle Droite as a political movement, and are somewhat similar in their general political stance. However there are also marked differences; for example, the Nouvelle Droite's neo-pagan leanings are the opposite to the Neue Rechte's Christian foundation.

Well-known scholars and influential figures of the Neue Rechte include Henning Eichberg, Armin Mohler, Gerd-Klaus Kaltenbrunner, Hans-Dietrich Sander, Robert Hepp, Caspar von Schrenck-Notzing, Karlheinz Weissmann and Götz Kubitschek. The medium commonly associated with the Neue Rechte is the weekly newspaper Junge Freiheit, whose publisher Dieter Stein denounces the term and instead advocates a more traditionally Christian, yet decidedly nationalist and democratic conservatism. Yet the term is frequently used as a self-description by the bi-monthly magazine Sezession, which is closely linked to Junge Freiheit.


  • Minkenberg, Michael (2000). "The Renewal of the Radical Right: Between Modernity and Anti-modernity". Government and Opposition 35 (2): 170–188. doi:10.1111/1477-7053.00022. 
  • Minkenberg, Michael, Die Neue Radikale Rechte im Vergleich: USA, Frankreich, Deutschland., Opladen: Westdt. Verl. 1998, 411 S., ISBN 3-531-13227-X
  • Woods, Roger (2005). "Affirmative Past Versus Cultural Pessimism: The New Right Since German Unification". German Life and Letters 58 (1): 93–107. doi:10.1111/j.0016-8777.2005.00306.x. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Roger Woods, Germany's New Right as Culture and Politics (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
  • Roger Woods, "Affirmative Past Versus Cultural Pessimism: The New Right Since German Unification", German Life and Letters 58/1 (2005).
  • Michael Minkenberg, Die Neue Radikale Rechte im Vergleich: USA, Frankreich, Deutschland (Opladen: Westdt. Verl., 1998).