Ende integrated political/societal messages into most of his books. He was fiscally left-wing and socially conservative.
- Ende opposed the film version of The neverending story. With the film version of Momo he was pleased and was himself an actor in it.
- Due to his socially conservative stances Ende was labeled as a "fascist" by Liberals although he was anti-Nazism. His father's paintings were forbidden in the Nazi regime.
- Ende's works were also influenced by Bertolt Brecht.