Germany Arms The World | newmatilda.com
Though the source is probably not well known, similar stories can be read mostly on DER SPIEGEL.Similarly, Angela Merkel has gained power in Europe not because of her imagination, but because of her accounting skill. As one acute Merkel watcher, sociologist Ulrich Beck, wrote back in October: "All of [Europeís] debtor nations rely on Germany to underwrite the credit they need," due to the global financial crisis.
Guaranteeing othersí treasury bonds has given Merkel the power to decide the destiny of the continent. And ó as Beck argues in an essay for Der Spiegel ó knowing when to refuse to sign off for Southern Europe has been Merkelís best tactic: "Thereís only one thing thatís worse than being steamrolled by German money. And thatís not being steamrolled by German money."
But German credit is not Merkelís only steamroller. And cars and cogs are not Germanyís only world-beating exports. The countryís weapons are also winning an increasing number of fans overseas. Top of the list here is Germanyís "internationally leading" battle tank, Leopard 2.
Those remarks have been dubbed "the Merkel Doctrine" in the German media. They signal a leader who is determined to convert Berlin into a military player; one who uses technological acumen to advance political ends. Just as German financial power has helped achieve political ends in Europe.
But the doctrine doesnít just involve arms sales. Berlin is also ready to send troops abroad to enforce the Merkel doctrine.
I found the article quite interesting, if a bit hyperbolic. Germany, since WWII, has for obvious reasons abstained from the active foreign policy pursued by the economically weaker France and Britain. Do recent developments such as this mark an end to the pacifist Germany we've known for the past 60 years? Or is it simply Germany promoting one of its industries?
Much of the article I will admit appears to be completely fabricated and unrealistic, such as the emboldened text above. However, a quick search reveals the phrase "Merkel Doctrine" (and even more so: Merkel Doktrin) does have some traction already.
Merkel's Risky Weapons Sales Signal Change in German Foreign Policy - SPIEGEL ONLINE
From 2001, Germany's arms exports grew 175%, from sixth place in the world to 3rd, behind only Russia and USA. By comparison, America's has grown 45%, Russia's has remained practically the same, and the UK's has shrunk 20%.
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What do you think, is this simply a promotion of German manufacturing, or is it also an attempt to increase Germany's influence on the world stage?