German Bundeswehr army soldiers. © Michaela Rehle / Reuters
DW: Germany presents new 'military roadmap'
The German Defense Ministry has released a new plan outlining the country's future defense and security policies. A paradigm shift is in the works.
"Germany is ready to lead," German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said as she presented the so-called "white paper" on security policy approved by the cabinet earlier on Wednesday.
The last White Paper goes back to 2006, when Russia was a partner, Syria and Libya weren't fighting civil wars, there was no "Islamic State," no open conflict in Ukraine and no refugee crisis. The world today faces crises in a density and concurrency never seen before, von der Leyen said.
Today, as Europe is grappling with the shock of the Brexit referendum and warily eyeing Russia, Germany's security policy paper sees the country gradually assuming a larger defense role within the frameworks of NATO and the European Union. It also envisions a future defense union of European states.
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