Overseas Role Germany Must Back Words With Deeds

German politicians have won applause abroad for promising a beefier role in international crisis management in the future. But does Chancellor Merkel support the new line? Berlin's behavior in Syria and Ukraine will prove how serious it is about the rethink.
Angela Merkel poses with a soldier in Munster: Germany's military restraint is also a product of the chancellor herself.

Angela Merkel poses with a soldier in Munster: Germany's military restraint is also a product of the chancellor herself.

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