Since the second world war, Germany has farmed out foreign policy to America, France and Britain.

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Germany seems to be eager again for military action, just as it was 100 years ago. Read more:

There was news yesterday that said that the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is now the most popular politician in Germany and has outshined Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel who now is only second most popular politician in Germany.

I now bring a few reports from this year, which may have contributed to this result:

German foreign policy
No more shirking
Is Germany ready to have a foreign policy proportionate to its weight?
Karikatur Steinmeier
Since the second world war, Germany has farmed out foreign policy to America, France and Britain, its key allies, while refraining from playing a serious part in military missions in the name of pacifism.
Yet to its allies such restraint has increasingly made Germany seem like ”the shirker in the international community”, as Joachim Gauck, the German president, put it in a speech to the Munich security conference on January 31st. The German diplomatic elite has long felt the growing frustration in Washington, Paris and London that Germany was not doing its fair share.
Mr Gauck, who has no policymaking power but speaks as the conscience of the country, is now urging Germans to step forward. He co-ordinated his speech with Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who succeeded Mr Westerwelle as foreign minister in December, having held the office in Mrs Merkel’s first term from 2005 to 2009. Ursula von der Leyen, Germany’s new defence minister and a possible future candidate for chancellor, has also come out in favour of a more active Germany. So, more cautiously, has Norbert Röttgen, head of the foreign-affairs committee in the Bundestag.
Only Mrs Merkel herself has not made her own views clear on this shifting consensus. This is her wont: she lets others float new ideas to observe how the debate unfolds, tipping the balance only at a late stage.

Security conference
Steinmeier wants more active foreign policy

The Return of German Militarism
The announcement by the new grand coalition government in Germany that the country’s previous policy of military restraint is at an end marks a historic turning point. It heralds a new stage of aggressive imperialist foreign policy.

For the first time since the end of World War II and the monstrous crimes of the Nazi dictatorship, Berlin’s leading politicians have clearly stated that Germany will in the future intervene in crisis areas and global hot spots more strongly and independently than before, including by military means. The days when Germany was obliged to practice military abstinence are finally over, they insist.
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Social Democratic Party - SPD) first announced the new policy last week in the Bundestag (parliament). He said Germany was ”too big and too important”¯ to confine itself any longer “to commenting on world politics from the sidelines.”
At the Munich Security Conference last weekend, German President Joachim Gauck bluntly called for the strengthening of German military power. In a demagogic speech, he described the previous policy of military restraint as moral cowardice and freeloading.
Employing a repulsive mixture of pastoral blather and war propaganda, the former East German clergyman preached militarism in the name of humanity.
This “humanitarian”¯ war propaganda is being repeated in leading newspapers and promoted by all TV channels.
This united front of the media makes clear the level of corruption in the editorial offices and reveals the thoroughgoing integration of the press into the imperialist offensive of Germany’s political elite.
There is literally no one in official politics or the media who characterizes Germany’s foreign policy reversal for what it is. Barely 70 years after the collapse of the Third Reich and 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, German imperialism is once again revealing its historical roots.

The talk of war
Gauck, Steinmeier, von der Leyen talk about war. For 20 years German soldiers fight – and dy – all around the globe. Is that still not enough?

New German foreign policy
Steinmeier: Intervene in conflicts earlier
Steinmeier: Must intervene earlier and more courageously. Particularly in the case of Syria the world has acted too hesitantly.

Germany’s Dramatic and Alarming Foreign Policy Pivot
The rise of Germany as a more assertive military and political force in the world is enormously significant, both historically and prophetically.
Since then, the message emanating from Germany, from Steinmeier and von der Leyen personally, from lower level government officials, from Germany’s media and from numerous German analysts and think tanks, has been loud and consistent. That message is that Germany is now willing to pursue a more assertive foreign policy, both militarily and politically.
These are dramatic statements, and they’re coming from Germany’s highest leaders. They ought to have received far more serious attention.

Germans obviously worry about their status – with great distance – being the first of all nations of the world; being the first of all nations of the world getting world wars started.

Obama obviously wants to start a third world war; he almost succeeded last year in Saint Petersburg. Ms Merkel did not want to take part then and stay out of it but the mood, particularly also in Germany was not for her. Then came her mobile phone to help when it became world famous and then the mood changed in Germany, against Obama, but that will probably not last long.

Steinmeier is now the most popular politician in Germany and that seems to be a direct result of the feeling of Germans that he will protect them from remaining uninvolved in the triggering of the next world war.

But at the moment Ms Merkel still seems to keep her distance to Obama:

Victoria Nuland gaffe: Angela Merkel condemns EU insult
Germany’s Angela Merkel has said a US official’s apparent insult of the EU’s efforts to mediate in the Ukraine crisis is “totally unacceptable”.

Ms Nuland is an assistant secretary of state in the USA.

Last year in St. Petersburg Frau Merkel was upset about another lady from the US administration, Susan Rice, the national security advisor. See 2013 Okt 25 – Merkel-Spionage-Behauptung: Mit solchen Alliirerten, wer braucht da Feinde?

So Ms Merkel will have problems keeping her distance to Obama. America, Germany’s most important ally, is ruled by Obama. France and Britain, the other two important allies, are completely on the side of Obama. The German people just seem to wait to join military action together with Obama and the anger about her mobile phone seems to have abated and therefore the mood against Obama was quite short-lived and is now gone.

Germany seems to be eager again for military action, just as it was 100 years ago.

 

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