Shrinking Influence Germany's Woeful Security Council Record

Berlin had hoped that its current stint on the United Nations Security Council would ultimately be a springboard to permanent membership. The opposite has proven to be the case. The country's international influence is shrinking and diplomats in New York have lost faith in Germany.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has taken his lumps in the United Nations Security Council.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has taken his lumps in the United Nations Security Council.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan