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The Advent of a New Foreign Policy for Germany: Merkel Announces Delivery of Weapons to Fight the Islamic State

By Greta Gietz

On September 1st, 75 years after the day Hitler invaded Poland, Angela Merkel made a historic announcement: in the coming weeks Germany will deliver weapons to arm the Kurdish Peshmerga groups under threat by the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq. The United States and other Western countries are already supporting the Kurdish fighters with weapons, but Germany is different. Since the end of World War Two, Germany has become a demilitarized state and prohibited itself from arming other nations or conflict zones on fundamental principle. Germany’s army was since primarily deployed for humanitarian purposes and even to train garbage collection services, like in Afghanistan. Continue reading The Advent of a New Foreign Policy for Germany: Merkel Announces Delivery of Weapons to Fight the Islamic State