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President Urges Germany To Take More Military Responsibility

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June 14, 2014 AT 4:56 AM
Germany should play a more active military role abroad, its President Joachim Gauck said in an interview published on Saturday, urging it to drop its post-war reluctance. Seven decades after the end of World War Two, Germany's Nazi past means it remains hesitant to send troops abroad even on peace keeping missions. Europe's largest and the world's fourth biggest economy has faced criticism from allies for not taking a more active role. The president's position is largely ceremonial but serves as a moral authority in Germany. A former pastor from East Germany, Gauck caused a stir earlier this year by saying Germany must stop standing on the sidelines and act more quickly, decisively and substantially in foreign crises.