Staats- und Wirtschaftspolitische Gesellschaft

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Staats- und Wirtschaftspolitische Gesellschaft
founded in the year 1962
acronym SWG
City Hamburg
Country Germany
Legal form charity (e.V.)
founder Hugo Wellems, Artur Missbach, Karl Friedrich Grau
type of institution Think Tank
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Last revision 29.05.2017

The association conducts what it refers to as educational activity via events and publications. Many of its activities are related to historical revisionism. The think tank is based at the same address as the Preußischen Allgemeinen Zeitung - formerly Ostpreußenblatt whose editor in chief was Hugo Wellems, the founder of the SWG and also editor of the Deutsche Partei's newspaper Das Deutsche Wort, and formerly press secretary for Goebbels. Many of the leading people in the organisation were or are associated to the military.

Organizational Structure and Funding


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).

Wellems' successor was Reinhard Uhle-Wettler, then after 2008 Menno Aden, since 2015 Manfred Backerra is director.


People or legal entities that either support the Think Tank with their reputation or with their money.

Working mode, goals

The SWG publishes texts on the internet site, has a facebook account and promotes book publications.

Cooperations with Think Tanks

Think Tanks that claim to cooperate with the Staats- und Wirtschaftspolitische Gesellschaft

While the section above shows Think Tanks the Staats- und Wirtschaftspolitische Gesellschaft claims to cooperate with, the list below shows Think Tanks that claim to cooperate with the Staats- und Wirtschaftspolitische Gesellschaft.

Cooperations with Non-Think Tanks


We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.

  • national identity
  • integration
  • patriotism