A 'Catastrophic Signal' to the Arab World Berlin Divided over Security Council Abstention

Not everyone in Berlin is happy that Chancellor Angela Merkel's government opted to abstain from last Thursday's Security Council resolution authorizing military force against Libya. Indeed, the rift runs right through her own party. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, though, has the most to lose. By SPIEGEL Staff
Germany's United Nations Ambassador Peter Wittig abstaining from the Libya resolution vote last Thursday.

Germany's United Nations Ambassador Peter Wittig abstaining from the Libya resolution vote last Thursday.

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