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Commentary: The new German foreign policy: Responsibility and interests

Release date: 2014-02

Only rarely does one experience such a unanimous and clear commitment to a new direction Germany’s foreign policy is taking as at the security conference late January in Munich. In unison, Federal President Joachim Gauck, Foreign Minister Walter Steinmeier and Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen are singing from the same song sheet and stress that Germany must take more responsibility in its foreign policy and thus also in military terms. This is a clear break with the foreign policy of former Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in the past four years who kept preaching a "culture of military restraint".