A Sight on European Defence

Germany having a central position in Europe, at least for four reasons, geography, economy, population and heritage of World War II, its foreign policy is a matter of importance for all its neighbours. Today this post will be fed by the speech that Mr Westerwelle, German Minister of Foreign Affairs, pronounced on 21. October 2010 to the German Society for Foreign Policy.

Of course, the Federal Republic Government is very proud of the election of their country at the UN Security Council. However this is not a permanent seat, yet. Anyway, this election is not the most relevant point of this speech.

All along his speech, Mr Westerwelle reminds us all those principles of German Foreign policy:

-Economy and diplomacy are closely linked, and the second must support the first. By the way, Germany’s main export markets are: France, USA, the UK and the Netherlands.

-German will further support all the efforts aiming at reducing the armament and nuclear forces, while promoting peace.

-Germany needs Europe for its economy, and is of course the guarantee for peace and security in Europe. Therefore during the Greece crisis, there was no way out. Help this country was the only alternative.

-After WWII reconciliation process with its neighbours is now completed and Germany will now lay its efforts towards Poland, to enhance cooperation and reach the same level than with France.

-Russia is regarded at as a strategic partner, to be associated to the NATO missile defence.

-Germany acknowledges that WWII memories are still to be overcome.

-Germany supports the NATO missile defence as this is no more based on bi-lateral agreements between the USA and some European countries, but involves now the whole NATO community.

-More largely, the pacifist and aid to development orientations of German foreign policy are reminded and clearly expressed as an important issue.

Of course, this is nothing new. But those keys are critical to understand, at least partly, the main orientations of Europe’s largest power.

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