Stahlhelm-Fraktion Gold Steel Helmet-Faction is the hard-line or right-wing faction of a political party , most notably the German CDU . [1] [2] [3] [4] The term refers to the hawkish, ie pro-military positions often taken by such groups and comes from the Stahlhelm , the steel helmet historically used by German soldiers. It was originally used of pro-military extremist politicians in Weimar Republic who were members of the Stahlhelm, Bund der Frontsoldaten . [5]


  1. Jump up^ Ted Galen Carpenter,NATO at 40: Confronting a Changing World, Washington, DC: Cato Institute, 1990,ISBN 0-669-21698-4,p. 259: „The CDU-CSU is badly split over SNFs.“ Its Gaullist wing (the so-called Stahlhelm Fraktion) has been argued that with the INFs gone, West Germany is dangerously singularized by the presence of US SNFs … The Stahlhelm Fraktion favors removing the SNFs and moving towards a closer Franco-German military relationship. „
  2. Jump up^ Sebastian Fischer and Christine Xuân Müller,“Die Neo-Kons proben den Aufstand“ (The Neo-Cons Test Resistance), Der Spiegel February 2, 2006(in German): „Legendär die Aussprüche der sogenannten Stahlhelm-Fraktion in der CDU „(The statements of the so-called Stahlhelm-Fraktion in the CDU [are] legendary), introducing a series of quotations on immigration.
  3. Jump up^ „Vier Abtrünnige stürzen Ypsilanti“ (Four Defectors Dethrone Ypsilanti), Frankfurter Rundschau November 3, 2008(in German): „Der rechte SPD-Parteiflügel ermögliche es, dass‘ Vertreter der Stahlhelm-Fraktion der CDU weiter auf der Regierungsbank Platz nehmen dürfen ‚“(The right wing of the SPD is making it possible for“ representatives of the Stahlhelm-Fraktion of the CDU to be able to take place in the government again „).
  4. Jump up^ „Kaputtes Heer: Ex-Minister zerlegen die Darabos-Politik“ (Washed-Up Army: Ex-Ministers Dissert Darabos Policies), Die Presse February 11, 2010(in German): „Der Vertreter der ‚Stahlhelm-Fraktion‘ der ÖVP „(The representative of the“ Stahlhelm-Fraktion „of theÖVP).
  5. Jump up^ James M. Diehl,Paramilitary Politics in Weimar Germany, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1977,ISBN 0-253-34292-9,p. 264: „Stahlhelm leaders Hoped to form a sort of Stahlhelm party dans le [DNVP and DVP] parties, block of Stahlhelm Deputies Who Could strength the two conservative party to take more intransigent positions The attempt to create a Stahlhelm.Fraktionfailed miserably. „