| Werner Marx |
|Born||15 November 1924|
|Died||12 July 1985 (Age 60)|
|Alma mater||University of Tübingen, University of Munich|
|Member of||Le Cercle, The Stauffenberg Service|
|Party||Christian Democratic Union of Germany|
Dr Werner Marx was a German politician with many deep state connections. An experienced psychological warfare specialist, he attended meetings of Le Cercle as Chairman of the German parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee until his death in 1985.
Marx attended high school in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, which he had to interrupt in 1942 to take part in the Second World War; he was seriously wounded in action. With a delay he graduated in Speyer in 1947. In the same year he joined the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). He studied philosophy, history and geography in Tübingen and Munich. In 1954 he was awarded the title of Dr. phil. During his studies, Marx became a member of the Catholic student associations.
From 1955 Marx worked as a journalist. In 1956 he became personal advisor to Otto Lenz, who had previously been State Secretary and was now a member of the German Bundestag. In 1958 Marx became a consultant for psychological warfare in the Federal Ministry of Defense, in 1959 press officer in the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Education. In 1960 he switched to the command staff of the armed forces. From 1965 to 1972 he was first chairman of the Study Society for Current Problems.(Studiengesellschaft für Zeitprobleme).
From 1965 to 1985 Marx was a member of German Bundestag. From 1966 to 1972 he headed the Federal Expert Committee on Defense Policy and from 1969 to 1980 the working group of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group on foreign and defense policy.
His speeches and writings on foreign and security policy issues had an intensive focus on communism. In the early 1970s, Werner Marx was one of the sharpest critics of the Ostpolitik of the Social Democrat Brandt government and accused the Chancellor of "a sloppy analysis of Soviet policy"
As one of the closest confidants of the opposition leader Rainer Barzel, Werner Marx was asked when the Social Democrat federal government had to find a compromise with the opposition to get the Eastern treaties and the UN membership of both German states through parliament. Together with the CSU chairman Franz-Josef Strauss, Chancellery Minister Horst Ehmke and Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, the text for a joint Bundestag resolution was negotiated on May 9, 1972, which enabled the opposition to allow the Eastern Treaty to pass, by abstaining.
Werner Marx was a dyed-in-the-wool parliamentarian who, by his own admission, did not seek government offices. At the end of the 1970s he was being discussed as boss of the intelligence service BND, but the fact that the Stasi was able to smuggle the GDR spy Inge Goliath into his office prevented his appointment.
He was Chairman parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee 1982-85.
Deep political connections
Werner Marx was a member of Otto von Habsburg's CEDI international council since at least 1972. Has been a speaker at the Staats- und Wirtschaftspolitische Gesellschaft, together with fellow Cercle members Otto von Habsburg and Count Hans Huyn. He is possibly affiliated with the Internationale Studiengesellschaft fur Politik, founded in 1971. Board member American-European Strategy Research Institute/Western Goals Europe.
He died aged 60 in 1985.
Events Participated in
|Le Cercle/1983 (Bonn)||30 June 1983||3 July 1983||Germany|
|Le Cercle/1984 (Capetown)||12 January 1984||15 January 1984||South Africa|
|4 day meeting of Le Cercle in Capetown exposed after Joel Van der Reijden discovered the attendee list for this conference and published it online in 2011|
- Stefanie Waske: Nach Lektüre vernichten! Der geheime Nachrichtendienst von CDU und CSU im Kalten Krieg. Hanser, München 2013