Wishful Thinking? Germany’s Push for U.N. Diplomacy on Syria

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly, United Nations, New York, Sept. 27, 2015 (U.N. Kim Haughton).
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly, United Nations, New York, Sept. 27, 2015 (U.N. Kim Haughton).
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Germany has never been an entirely comfortable power at the United Nations. The Security Council is, as Russian diplomats like to note, still run by the countries that defeated Hitler in 1945. East and West Germany did not even join the U.N. until 1973. Nevertheless, Berlin now pays over 7 percent of the U.N. budget, while Britain and France cover less than 6 percent each. At regular intervals, the Germans launch quixotic campaigns to win a permanent seat on the Security Council. Time and again, these plow into the sand. Despite these bids for a bigger role, German diplomats often […]

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