Sunday, April 24, 2011

Germany: No Permanent Seat on the Security Council


The largest economic power in Europe, the third-largest contributor to the United Nations, Germany has not yet been given a permanent seat on the Security Council. This article gives a detailed analysis of the vague, ambivalent and unpredictable Germany foreign policy which, according to the author, bars Germany from obtaining a permanent seat. The author further points out that Germany is now ''on the wrong side of history", because of its "non-intervention policy", according to which it abstains from joining the international community in responding to the changes that are occuring nowadays, notably the situation in Libya. By refusing to intervene and to join its European partners, Germany is isolating itself and therefore cannot emerge as a political power on the international arena. It is worth mentioning that Germany abstained from voting on Security Council resolution 1973.

G.H.

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