Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier wants to see Germany more engaged in the world. "It is rightly expected of us that we intervene," Steinmeier said in an interview with the SÃ¼ddeutsche Zeitung immediately prior to the Munich Security Conference. The major conflicts of the world are moved closer to Europe, "its consequences are felt immediately in Germany".
Steinmeier called for an adjustment of the foreign policy and more rationality in the debate. "This is really a policy of military restraint, it must not be misunderstood as a principle of holding out." Germany was "too big, just to comment on the world politics." At issue is an "active foreign policy".
Already Earlier this week, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen advertised for a stronger engagement in crisis areas and thereby brought from the deployment of the Bundeswehr in Mali and Central Africa for the language. Steinmeier now also speaks of the growing expectation that hang together with Germany's economic strength. Both ministers distinguish themselves significantly from the previous foreign minister Guido Westerwelle, who had managed just advertised in military matters for a "culture of restraint". Original facts can be found checking this info.