Top leaders from around the world will be getting together in Chicago this weekend, and while Germany will be present, their reputation has hit rock bottom among the fellow leaders. NATO has many purposes but one of the largest is to create an alliance of countries that pull together military resources for war efforts. Germany is seen as having a medium-sized military force but they are more reluctant to get involved in missions while other countries are quick to act. So the criticism is that Germany is not making their promised capabilities available when needed and therefore cannot be fully trusted.
Although this lack of confidence has been going on for years, Germany’s recent decision to not vote on the UN’s intervention with Libya and back the no fly zone pushed the country’s reputation even lower. Ever since, NATO members have been reluctant to hear any recommendations or take action on German proposals.
Der Spiegel wrote a lengthy article in a recent issue that goes deeper into the ongoing problem and looks back at the beginning of this issue. It’s a good read and a link to the article is included in the source link below. And let us know what think about the issue by leaving a comment. Does Germany deserve to have such a poor reputation in NATO?
Source: Der Spiegel