Tuesday, October 18, 2005
It looks like the CDU will hold the defense portfolio under the grand coalition. Previous CDU Chancellors have pushed for increased involvement of the Bundeswehr in international peacekeeping, etc., as a "policy of habituation," that is, weaning the German public off of the idea that they should still harbor guilt from WWII. Should the German army match the German state in stature? Does the "grand coalition" preclude a troop commitment to Iraq? Also, John Mersheimer suggests that, as America pulls assets out of Europe and concentrates them in Asia, Germany will necessarily increase the size and scope of the Bundeswehr (much to the chagrin of Britain and France). Do you see destablization in Europe any time soon?
Posted by Xerxes at 11:42 AM