Cicero (magazine)

Cicero is a monthly German magazine focusing on politics and culture. The magazine which has a liberal-conservative political stance is based in Berlin.

Editor-in-chiefChristoph Schwennicke
Former editorsWolfram Weimer
Alexander Marguier
Michael Naumann
CategoriesPolitical magazine
Circulation67,947 (2018)
First issue1 March 2004; 17 years ago (2004-03-01)
Companyres publica
Based inBerlin


Cicero was launched in Potsdam in March 2004.[1][2] The magazine was later moved to Berlin.[3]

The first editor-in-chief of the magazine was Wolfram Weimer, who also served as the editor of the daily newspaper Die Welt from 2000 to 2002.[1] Alexander Marguier was the editor-in-chief of Cicero until 2010.[4] Michael Naumann is among the former editors-in-chief of the magazine.[5] The current editor-in-chief of the magazine is Christoph Schwennicke who was appointed to the post in May 2012.[6] The magazine has eleven editorial staff.[3] Among its columnists are Bela Anda, Philipp Blom and Amelie Fried.[6][7]

In 2011, the magazine initiated the pencil heads project which covered the carved busts of leading politicians like Barack Obama into the lead of Cicero-branded pencils.[8] These pencils were sent to their likenesses in special boxes to promote the magazine's interviews with major leaders.[8]


Cicero has enjoyed increasing levels of circulation, though its circulation is modest. It was 62,700 copies during the third quarter of 2005.[2] It grew to 70,000 copies in the third quarter of 2006, to 73,200 copies in the third quarter of 2007[2] and to 77,077 copies for the second quarter of 2008.[7] Its circulation further rose to 77,600 copies in the third quarter of 2008, to 81,000 copies in the third quarter of 2009 and to 82,600 copies in the third quarter of 2010.[2] The magazine had a circulation of 83,527 copies in 2014.[3]

Content and political leaningEdit

The contents of the magazine focus on opinion forming through first-hand views of the editors.[3][9] Cicero has four main sections:[9] The first section called "Weltbühne" ("World Forum" in English) provides analyses and discusses internationally significant topics and people. The second, "Berliner Republik" ("Berlin Republic" in English), is a forum for German society. The next one, "Kapital", analyses economic affairs and the last one, "Salon", deals with the modern cultural life from different angles.[9] In addition, the magazine's "Debate" section covers contribution of several leading figures including Al Gore and Prince Felix von Löwenstein.[7] The magazine also publishes interviews the first of which was with Gerhard Schröder, former German premier.[1] In 2006, Dagmar Herzog featured her significant study on sexuality, memory and morality, and their relation to German fascism in the monthly.[10]

In December 2015 the magazine named the Russian President Vladimir Putin as the Man of the Year.[11]

The target audience of Cicero is German intellectuals looking for wider range of political views.[1] The political stance of Cicero is liberal-conservative.[12]


The magazine's editing department was raided by the agents from federal criminal police office and searched by the public prosecutors of Potsdam on 12 September 2005 following its publication of a portrait of the Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab Zarqawi in April 2005.[13][14][15] The incident was called "Cicero affair".[13][15] The German Supreme Court in Karlsruhe decided in February 2007 that the raid by the agents had been unconstitutional.[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Kevin J. O'Brien (26 April 2004). "German highbrows get Cicero, a new political monthly". The New York Times. Berlin. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Hermann-Dieter Schröder (16 July 2011). "Mapping Digital Media: Germany" (Report). Open Society Foundation. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d "Cicero - the magazine for politics and culture". Ringier. Archived from the original on 3 October 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Has German multiculturalism failed?". Al Jazeera. 24 October 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Michael Naumann". The Nation. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  6. ^ a b Veronika Wehner (15 August 2013). "Media Interview with Christoph Schwennicke, editor-in-chief of Cicero". Media Bulletin. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  7. ^ a b c Martin Zähringer (November 2008). "Cicero – Magazine for Political Culture". Goethe Institute. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  8. ^ a b Shauna Wright (18 July 2011). "Magazine Creates Amazing Pencil Head Sculptures of Politicians". The FW. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  9. ^ a b c "Cicero". Publicitas. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  10. ^ Frederick A. Lubich (2007). "Sex after Fascism. Memory and Morality in Twentieth-Century Germany" (Book Review). Monatshefte. 99 (4): 594–596. doi:10.1353/mon.2008.0012.
  11. ^ "German monthly Cicero calls Putin Man of the Year". Russia and India Report. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Cicero". Euro topics. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  13. ^ a b c "German Supreme Court Rules Magazine Raid Unconstitutional". Deutsche Welle. 27 February 2007. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  14. ^ Katerina Ossenova (27 February 2007). "Germany high court finds magazine raid violated press freedom". Jurist. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  15. ^ a b "Press Freedom in Germany: High Court Considers Cicero". Der Spiegel. 23 November 2006. Retrieved 27 June 2014.

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