Merkel’s increasing role as a global power player

German Chancellor Merkel stands with new French President Hollande at the Chancellery in Berlin

Recent discussions in the Bundestag (German Parliament) in regards to deployment of German forces and Merkel’s backing of an EU plan to share more data, but exclude the US and UK, indicate that Merkel is posturing for a larger role as a world power player.

While President Obama called Benghazi, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the IRS phoney scandals, it is increasingly clear that Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel is of a different opinion. It would also appear that Merkel and other leaders of the EU are increasingly unhappy with US foreign policy.

The issue of EU data sharing at the exclusion of the US and UK comes after Snowden’s revelations that Merkel’s personal phone calls were monitored for the best part of the century. Merkel revealed that she wants to discuss this with France’s President Hollande. Last summer Merkel even spoke of a German internet.

Angela Merkel is backing European data transfers that avoid the United Kingdom and the United States.

Merkel wants to discuss the idea with French President Hollande, and revealed her plans in a podcast this past weekend.

This is not the first time that the German chancellor has reacted to whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations about communications surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK Government Communications Head Quarters (GCHQ). She expressed shocked surprise and disappointment at reports that the NSA monitored her personal phone calls for the best part of a decade

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Hollande just returned from a visit to the White House, where he was wined and dined by President Obama. Hollande and Obama share a common ideology and while Hollande already taxed the rich, he could have shared how that is going for him. Actually it’s not going to well. What is interesting though that directly on the heel of his visit to Washington, Hollande meets with his German counterpart. Apparently not all that shines is gold.

Germany, since the end of the second world war has had a policy of restraint as far as deployment of its military abroad was concerned. Even to participate in the former Yugoslavia or Afghanistan required special caveats for the Bundeswehr (German Forces), and had to get special approval from the Bundestag.

Interestingly enough the World Socialist Web Site writes that Germany’s government is fiercely promoting an aggressive foreign policy and declared an end to the previous policy of restraint. With respect to the World Socialist Web Site that would require an amendment of the Grundgesetz (Germany’s Constitution) and deployment of the Bundeswehr requires parliamentary approval.

The Grundgesetz stipulates that any deployment of German forces must be approved by parliament. The exception to the rule is if there is an attack on Germany and the force needs to respond immediately in defensive operations.

The German government is fiercely promoting an aggressive imperialist foreign policy. At the beginning of the year, it declared an end to the previous policy of military restraint. Shortly thereafter, it announced plans to develop a new strategy for Africa.

Last Wednesday, this was followed by the announcement that the German Navy was to be sent to the Mediterranean to fulfill a “robust mandate”. Official statements revealed that the frigate Augsburg is to aid in securing the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons on a US vessel, Cape Ray. The use of combat forces is not ruled out in the operation.

The Bundeswehr is a parliamentary army , their use as armed forces a decision of the German Bundestag requires. Requires the situation imperatively calls for immediate action, the defense case, as a prerequisite for the use of the armed forces in accordance with the special provision of Article 115a paragraph 2 of the Basic Law by the Joint Committee be established. Among the in Art 115a paragraph 4 of the Constitution referred to the narrow requirements of armed aggression against the Federal Republic of Germany and only for inability to act of the authorities responsible for the determination of the defense case federal bodies applies the hard state of defense as already taken. On the basis of Article 35 para 2 and 3 and the Art 87a para 4 of the Constitution, the Federal Government under strict conditions (” ultima ratio “,” state of national emergency as a particularly dangerous situation of the inner state of emergency “) the use of the Armed Forces against particularly serious accidents, natural disasters, organized and decide militarily armed insurgents and terrorist threats, including the proportionate use of their military ordnance, but not as against demonstrating crowds. [9] [10] Wikepedia Google Translate

There is no question that Angela Merkel is looking at closer military cooperation between France and Germany and that she would like to establish and EU force that can respond to international challenges without the hassle of going through the German parliament.

The US recently ceded some of its power to Vladimir Putin and Russia. Syria, Iran and other trouble spots in the world are good examples. The developments in Africa are a major concern for Europeans, as is the spread of terrorism aligned with Al Qaeda.

It should be no surprise that Europe wants to flex its muscles after watching America’s influence fade.

Merkel, while despised by some, yields power in Europe and is respected by world leaders. Merkel is fiscally responsible and enjoyed more than 70 percent popularity during the recent election. As a power European power broker she is hard to ignore. Her influence with world leaders cannot be ignored either.

Her childhood in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the impressions communism (socialism) left on her, give her credibility and there can be little doubt that her role as global power player is increasing.

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