It won’t be like before the first two World Wars. First comes the political and economic unions of Europe after sovereign nations are subjugated via economic warfare (i.e. forced bailouts in exchange for sovereign rights), as further integration is always the solution to the problems according to Germany. Knowing the European Union would fail and exploiting the induced turmoil was part of the plan. It’s certainly heading for a breakup, but a remaining core of the ‘willing’ will bring a United State of Europe and its respective European Army under the Fourth Reich. It isn’t happening overnight, but a new chapter of world history is in the making.
Germany must stop using its past as a “shield” and use its armed forces more frequently and decisively, federal president Joachim Gauck has warned, in the clearest sign yet that country’s longstanding aversion to the use of its military may be beginning to crack.
“Germany can’t carry on as before,” Mr Gauck said on Friday, pulling few punches in a speech that cited German indifference and European navel-gazing amid “rapid” and “dramatic” new threats to the “open world order”.
“When the last resort – sending in the Bundeswehr – comes to be discussed, Germany should not say no on principle,” the president said.
Mr Gauck appeared as the keynote-speaker at the Munich Security Conference – the world’s largest annual gathering of defense chiefs and politicians.
In a 30-minute oration pitched as much to Germany’s domestic audience as to delegates in the cordoned-off precincts of the Bayerischer Hof hotel, Mr Gauck called for Germany to “do more to guarantee the security that others have provided it with for decades”.
Military engagement remains a particularly sensitive political and social issue in Germany decades after the second world war.
While Mr Gauck’s role within the Bundesrepublik is largely symbolic, his call to arms was backed up – albeit in more carefully couched terms – by German’s new minister of defence, Ursula von der Leyen on Friday.
Ms von der Leyen, who was appointed in December and is tipped as a potential successor to Ms Merkel, told delegates at the conference that “indifference” was no longer an option for Germany in the face of growing security crises on Europe’s borders.
“To sit and wait is not an option,” Ms von der Leyen said. “If we have the means, if we have the capabilities, we have the responsibility to engage.”
Calling for Germany to play more of an active military role in the world has been a recurring theme of the annual conference in Munich – which is typically attended by a range of top-level European and American politicians and military chiefs.
Full article: Germany must use military more, says president (CNBC)