Strong Opposition (1966–1976)




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Strong Opposition (1966–1976)

In the late 60s and early 70s the Federal Republic of Germany went through a period of upheaval. The publishing house Axel Springer was perceived as an obstacle to all those who wanted a change of government in Bonn and a policy of détente with the Eastern bloc. According to the calculation sources in Bonn 39 percent of the in Germany distributed newspapers and 18 percent of the magazines are published by this house. The historian Golo Mann stated that „Springer's accumulation of power has become a central problem for our republic”. The extra-parliamentary opposition, left-wing groups and liberals were united in their opposition to the company. Jealousy and hatred ruled the streets. Demonstrators chanted „expropriate Springer”. Violence flared up. Arson attacks took place. The culmination was a two-fold bomb attack in 1972 on the Hamburg headquarters, which injured 17 employees. Axel Springer considered selling his entire publishing business. Indeed, several publications were disposed of. In the third decade of its existence the Axel Springer Group came under pressure, but did not topple.

1967

Takeover of the radio and TV programme magazine FUNK UHR.   

1970

Axel Springer becomes a joint-stock company. Purchase of holdings in LÜBECKER NACHRICHTEN.

1971

Holdings in the BERGEDORFER ZEITUNG (100 per cent subsidary since 1988) and purchase of the ELMSHORNER NACHRICHTEN.

1972-73

Building of the offset-printing plant in Essen-Kettwig.    

1976

Establishment of Cora Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, as a publisher of popular novels.