Philip Stein (born 1991 in Fritzlar) is a New Right German publisher and activist affiliated with the Identitarian Movement as well as the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. He is regarded as an "ultra-right-wing fraternity member," "nationalist strategist" and "right-wing networker."1 2 3 Stein manages the xenophobic petition and campaign platform "One Percent for Our Country" (Ein Prozent für unser Land)4 and runs the New Right publishing house Jungeuropa.5
Stein studied history, philosophy and German literature in Marburg, but abandoned his studies without graduating.6 During his studies he became a member of the "Marburg fraternity Germania" (Marburger Burschenschaft Germania),7 and subsequently became a known figure in the German fraternity scene. Currently, he is press spokesman for the "German Fraternity" (Deutsche Bruderschaft).8
Stein can apparently live off his far-right professional endeavors. He serves as manager of the xenophobic petition platform One Percent (Ein Prozent), a project co-founded by some of the most notorious figures in the German New Right, including Götz Kubitschek; Jürgen Elsässer, editor of the far-right conspiracist magazine Compact; and Hans-Thomas Tillschneider, functionary and formerly chairman of the now defunct “Patriotic Platform,” a far-right faction of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.9
Stein's Jungeuropa publishing house offers translations of New Right classics, but also works of other right-wing extremist, anti-Semitic and fascist authors. Jungeuropa's publication list includes titles by Alain de Benoist, Pierre Drieu la Rochelle, Dominique Venner and Robert Brasillach; but also more obscure picks, such as a "Natiocracy" by the Ukrainian nationalist Mykola Siborskyj, or a publication by the Ukrainian Mykola Kravchenko, "head of the ideology and propaganda bloc of National Corps," the political wing of the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion.10 The American White Supremacy activist Richard B. Spencer wrote a foreword to the Jungeuropa edition of the novel Sea Changes by British author Derek Turner.11
Together with Felix Menzel (Blaue Narzisse, Identitarian Movement), Stein wrote the book "Young Europe: Scenarios of a Upheaval" (Junges Europa: Szenarien des Umbruchs). In his texts, Stein writes, for example, that Germans are Germans "not because of their passports, but because of their blood." He also expresses his pride in having made "unsayable things sayable again."6
In April 2016, Stein appeared as a speaker at the "Guthmannshausen memorial site" (Gedächtnisstätte Guthmannshausen) in Thuringia, co-founded by Holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck, at a reader and author meeting of the neo-fascist environmental magazine Umwelt & Aktiv.12 On April 29, 2017, Stein and Max Kolb, member of the board of the AfD youth organization "Young Alternative" (Junge Alternative) in Hesse, were involved in a masked, physical attack with pepper spray and batons on a photographer in front of the fraternity house of the völkisch fraternity Germania in Marburg.13
In July 2018, the AfD member of the Bundestag Frank Pasemann organized an event in the rooms of the German Bundestag, with Stein as a speaker.3 At the event entitled "Left support structures and the new 'fight against the right,'" topics such as "the various federal support programs to curb right-wing radicalism susceptible to abuse" as well as "parliamentary counter-strategies" to ward off these support programs were discussed.2 Stein brought with him the former NPD functionaries and right-wing extremist activists Michael Schäfer and Julian Monaco, who were described by Frank Pasemann in his speech as invited friends.14 All members of the party as well as their colleagues were invited to the event.2
On August 15, 2018, Stein appeared before 300-400 participants in Dresden at an event of the Identitarian Movement, entitled "Europa Nostra - Defending Identity - Preserving the Homeland."15 Germany's domestic intelligence service, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, expected various European groups of the Identitarian Movement (Austria, France, Italy as well as Great Britain); besides Stein, Martin Sellner also appeared as a speaker.
In January 2019, Stein took part in a march of the neo-fascist party CasaPound movement in Rome, according to information by the newspaper DIE ZEIT. During the march, according to the ZEIT, participants "collectively gave the Roman salute - forbidden in Italy as a distinctive mark of Mussolini's fascists, and known in Germany as the Hitler salute."16 17
- 1Hagen Eichler, "Völkische Freunde: Die AfD hat ein Abgrenzungsproblem," Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, April 29, 2017, https://www.mz-web.de/sachsen-anhalt/landespolitik/voelkische-freunde-die-afd-hat-ein-abgrenzungsproblem-26814276.
- 2 a b c Matthias Kamann and Annelie Naumann, "AfD lädt völkischen Strategen in den Bundestag ein," Welt, July 4, 2018, https://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article178697524/AfD-laedt-voelkischen-Strategen-in-den-Bundestag-ein.html.
- 3 a b Malene Gürgen, "AfD lädt völkischen Aktivisten ein: Rechter Besuch im Bundestag," taz, July 4, 2018, https://taz.de/AfD-laedt-voelkischen-Aktivisten-ein/!5519007/.
- 4"Impressum," Ein Prozent, https://www.einprozent.de/impressum.
- 5Jungeuropa Verlag, http://www.jungeuropa.de/.
- 6 a b Sammy Khamis, "HERD. HEIMAT. HASS. Über die Verlockungen rechten Denkens (3/4) – In Rechter Gesellschaft," Deutschlandfunk, April 20, 2018, https://www.deutschlandfunkkultur.de/herd-heimat-hass-ueber-die-verlockungen-rechten-denkens-3-4.3720.de.html?dram:article_id=412437.
- 7Martin Steinhagen, "Marburger Burschenschaft: Radikalisierung befürchtet," Frankfurter Rundschau, January 20, 2015, https://www.fr.de/rhein-main/spd-org26325/radikalisierung-befuerchtet-11144266.html.
- 8Daniel Erk, "Burschenschaften: Die Bundesbrüder," Zeit, February 23, 2017, https://www.zeit.de/2017/09/burschenschaften-berlin-gothia-rechtspopulismus-konservatismus/komplettansicht.
- 9Marcel Laskus, “‘Ein Prozent’ und die Neuen Rechten: Im Hinterland, rechts außen,” MDR, September 28, 2016, https://web.archive.org/web/20170801123437/http://www.mdr.de/sachsen/ein-prozent-in-oybin-100_page-1_zc-43c28d56.html.
- 10"1st Paneuropa Conference Report," Demon of an Old World (undated). https://demonofoldworld.tumblr.com/post/161878114630/reconquista-europe-1st-paneuropa-conference.
- 11"Sea Changes," Jungeuropa Verlag, https://www.jungeuropa.de/autoren/derek-turner/178/sea-changes?c=38.
- 12Andreas Speit, "AfD und 'Identitäre Bewegung': 'Die können alle zu uns kommen,'" taz, October 17, 2016, https://taz.de/AfD-und-Identitaere-Bewegung/!5345807/.
- 13Danijel Majic, "Junge Alternative: Schlagende Verbindungen," Frankfurter Rundschau, May 15, 2017, https://web.archive.org/web/20190623142142/https://www.fr.de/rhein-main/polizei-org27586/schlagende-verbindungen-11043148.html.
- 14 Jana Merkel and Michael Richter, "Die Story im Ersten: Am rechten Rand," ARD, October 16, 2018, https://web.archive.org/web/20190621232522/https://www.daserste.de/information/reportage-dokumentation/dokus/sendung/am-rechten-rand-100.html.
- 15"Im Liveticker: Identitärentreffen und Gegenproteste in Dresden," Leipziger Volkszeitung, August 27, 2018, https://www.lvz.de/Region/Mitteldeutschland/Im-Liveticker-Identitaerentreffen-und-Gegenproteste-in-Dresden.
- 16Henrik Merker, "Identitäre Bewegung greift Zeitungen und Parteibüros an," Zeit Online, January 14, 2019, https://blog.zeit.de/stoerungsmelder/2019/01/14/identitaere-bewegung-greift-zeitungen-und-parteibueros-an_27911.
- 17"Römische Grüße nach Deutschland," Sachsen-Anhalt Rechtsaussen, January 9, 2019, https://lsa-rechtsaussen.net/roemische-gruesse-nach-deutschland/https://lsa-rechtsaussen.net/roemische-gruesse-nach-deutschland/.