Germany draws up plans for greater military powers in EU and NATO

PARADE: German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen inspects the troops


GERMANY wants a bigger military role in NATO and the EU, according to papers due out this week.

Proposals to improve the country’s security defences and boost its political clout marks a significant shift in foreign policy which has deliberately steered clear of controversial global and military affairs since the end of the Second World War.

The German defence ministry will release a white paper stating it is ready to “assume responsibility” and “help meet current and future security and humanitarian challenges”.

It will back a long term goal of “a common European security and defence union” and also outlines Germany’s hopes to “actively help shape the world order”.

The change in direction comes after Germany pledged to contribute to rotating NATO battalions in Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from next year.

The German army is now set to see its budget boosted and to get its first increase in troop strength since the Cold War, when it was still a conscript force, with plans to recruit nearly 20,000 personnel over the next seven years.

The white paper stress it will act within the trans-Atlantic and European frameworks.

Full article: Germany draws up plans for greater military powers in EU and NATO (Express)

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