Germany plans to assume greater security role

It was not until 1994 that Germany's highest court allowed the country to participate in multinational peacekeeping missionsBerlin (AFP) – “Economic giant, political dwarf” — that is how the world long viewed post-World War II Germany, the European export power reluctant to use military muscle in global conflicts. It is an image that Europe’s most populous country wants to shed as it gradually assumes a bigger defence role, within the frameworks of NATO and the European Union. It marks a shift for Germany which, burdened by guilt about Nazi terror and the Holocaust, for decades stepped softly on the world stage and long refrained from sending troops abroad.

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