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Chancellor says Germany will fulfil its ‘special responsibility’ to NATO​


Olaf Scholz says he has assured fellow NATO leaders that Germany will pull its weight in the military alliance.

“Germany is the largest country in Europe within the NATO alliance. This gives us a very special responsibility,” the chancellor said on the sidelines of the summit.

“And I can say this very clearly and unequivocally here: We will – I will – fulfil this responsibility.”


Do Scholz's words means more or less than Trudeau saying the same thing publicly?
 

Chancellor says Germany will fulfil its ‘special responsibility’ to NATO​


Olaf Scholz says he has assured fellow NATO leaders that Germany will pull its weight in the military alliance.

“Germany is the largest country in Europe within the NATO alliance. This gives us a very special responsibility,” the chancellor said on the sidelines of the summit.

“And I can say this very clearly and unequivocally here: We will – I will – fulfil this responsibility.”


Do Scholz's words means more or less than Trudeau saying the same thing publicly?
Depends on whether the Bundeswehr and the German public are as pessimistic as the CAF and Canadian public.
 
Depends on whether the Bundeswehr and the German public are as pessimistic as the CAF and Canadian public.

Regardless, as per SOP, the French are nervous about a resurgent Germany (older article):


Germany’s Awakening Piques France’s Amour-Propre​


The special relationship between Berlin and Paris that underpins the European Union is under growing strain.​


France and Germany currently find themselves at loggerheads on an unusually wide range of crucial issues, from energy to defense to international trade. But on a deeper level, what is really causing a rift is that France rightly fears it’s being left behind by a more powerful partner that’s appearing less and less willing to confine itself within the boundaries of European policymaking.“The more worrying aspect of the current crisis is not the number of sources of tension but the asymmetry that we are seeing emerge” between the two countries, said Alexandre Robinet-Borgomano, a German politics expert at the Paris-based think tank Institut Montaigne.

In recent years, the alliance between Germany and France—both co-founders of the European Union and the bloc’s largest and second-largest economies, respectively—has been an unshakeable pillar of EU politics. Despite their differences on issues like public spending and budget rules, French and German governments have constituted a united, pro-European front against the challenges posed by Brexit, the rise of far-right populism, and democratic backsliding in countries like Hungary and Poland.

“The Franco-German duo must be the motor of the European family. It would be dramatic if it broke up,” said Patrick Vignal, a French member of Parliament who sits in the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee.


 
The big difference is that they have the industrial base to ramp up and fix all that if the cash was allocated.

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They do, however, you'd be hard pressed to find a political party willing to fork that cash over; not even if the Russians were on the Oder-Nesse line.

The German populace has been conditioned to ignore defense issues due to some.... unpleasantness that happened in the first half of the 20th Century. Much like Canada, they want "butter befoee guns" because peace is indefinite because NATO.
 
They do, however, you'd be hard pressed to find a political party willing to fork that cash over; not even if the Russians were on the Oder-Nesse line.

The German populace has been conditioned to ignore defense issues due to some.... unpleasantness that happened in the first half of the 20th Century. Much like Canada, they want "butter befoee guns" because peace is indefinite because NATO.
You have to consider that in context.

When the Cold War was at its height and the Group of Soviet Force in Germany had some 380,000 men station within striking distance of the FRG, the West German attitude to their army was much more positive. There is a distinct difference between defence of the fatherland and expeditionary operations outside their borders.

By far the most Germans are centrists (either centre-left or centre-right). All of that is not to say that there isn't a healthy faction of leftists and far-leftists - and a few far rightists thrown in for good measure.

Above all else, Germans have a practical nature. They know that they have a high standard of life and, if properly convinced that the threat to their well being is real, they will take action to resolve that issue - first by peaceful negotiation and then by force if necessary.

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