Skip to comments.Germany must play bigger global role, not dominate: president
Posted on 02/22/2014 6:41:25 PM PST by Olog-hai
Germany has no desire to dominate other countries, but it needs to leverage its post-war experiences of democracy and prosperity to play a bigger role on the global stage, President Joachim Gauck said.
Germany, still haunted by its Nazi past seven decades after the end of World War Two, remains reluctant to send troops abroad even on peacekeeping missions. It faced criticism from allies in 2011 for abstaining in a U.N. vote backing military intervention in Libya and declined to join the operation.
Gauck, 74, a former pastor and human rights campaigner in communist East Germany, caused a stir with a speech this month saying Germany must stop standing on the sidelines and act more quickly, decisively and substantially in foreign crises.
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Lot of words just to say “hand over your wallet.”
Will they send panzers to Ukraine to evict a rival breed of socialists, again? /sarc :-)
Dunno. The way Joachim Gauck has been talking of late, they might do anything.