Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Germany Weighs A Stronger Military Role On The Global Scene

Foreign Policy Rethink: Germany Weighs Stronger Military Role -- Ralf Neukirch and Gordon Repinski, Spiegel Online

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen want Germany to assume a greater role in world affairs, including military missions abroad. Their stance marks a break with Angela Merkel's policy of restraint.

Last Tuesday's meeting between German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius could hardly have been more harmonious. Dark-gray suits, white shirts, blue ties -- the two looked as if they had even coordinated their clothing as they faced the press. Steinmeier said he already felt at home after visiting the French Foreign Ministry for the third time in two weeks. Fabius politely praised his friendship with dear "Frank-Walter."

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My Comment: Having an expended German military presence abroad .... what was unthinkable a generation ago is now being openly talked about. I guess this should have been expected .... after becoming involved in Afghanistan the ghosts of German involvement in World War II have now passed.

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