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 photo Bundeswehr Sebastian Wilke

photo Bundeswehr Sebastian Wilke

 

Oct 4th 2014 economist.com

 

Is Germany able to give its allies more military help?

 

URSULA VON DER LEYEN, Germany’s first female defence minister and a possible successor to Angela Merkel as chancellor, likes a good photo opportunity. One that backfired recently had her standing under a dramatic sky with an army transport aircraft in the background, gazing into the distance as though on the look out for geopolitical derring-do. The derision was instantaneous. The image matched both her ambition and the vision she outlined in January of Germany’s armed forces playing a bigger role in international crises. Given post-war Germany’s radical pacifism, that was controversial.

 

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