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Former German Defense Minister Pledges Stronger Geopolitical Role Ahead of US Visit

Former German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has affirmed Germany's commitment to assume a more significant geopolitical role, signaling a departure from the country's traditionally cautious approach to global affairs. In an upcoming visit to the United States, she expressed Germany's strong interest in promoting stability, security, and upholding rules-based politics in the region, while acknowledging that Germany is not a regional power but a supportive partner.


Kramp-Karrenbauer's statement marks a notable shift in German political rhetoric, as the country increasingly recognizes the need to play a more active role in the international arena. Her advocacy for a more assertive foreign policy aligns with Germany's pursuit of economic and geostrategic interests worldwide, as emphasized in her 2021 interview where she raised concerns over Russia and China.


During her visit to the US, Kramp-Karrenbauer faces a challenging backdrop of strained transatlantic relations. The Biden administration has expressed reservations about Germany's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project with Russia, and there are lingering questions surrounding Germany's defense spending and its commitment to NATO.


While Kramp-Karrenbauer's vow to assume a stronger geopolitical role reflects a growing awareness among Germans, it remains uncertain how Germany will strike a balance between its ambition for a more assertive foreign policy and its historical reluctance to take a leading role on the global stage. Her visit to the United States presents an opportunity for dialogue and collaboration as Germany navigates its evolving position in international affairs.


Editor: Ms.Fahima Afrin

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