The German Military Comes Out Of The Barracks

Amid horrific reports of Serbian war atrocities in Bosnia, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl ordered a destroyer and three navy aircraft to join the NATO forces patrolling the Adriatic Sea. Although largely a symbolic contribution, this apparently breached Germany's constitution, which bans German troops from operating outside NATO countries. It's the latest sign that the Continent's dominant economic power is trying to break out of its military straitjacket and carve out a leading role in European security. "We've developed a culture of military reticence, and we must take many small steps to overcome it," German Defense Minister Volker Rhe told business week in an interview.

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