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Germany's reluctance on tanks stems from its history and its politics

By Steven Erlanger and Erika Solomon

23 Jan 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

The war in Ukraine is forcing Germany to rethink decades-old ideas about its role in the world, the use of military force and its relationship with Russia. The NYT delivers an insightful analysis.

BRUSSELS — Since the defeat of Nazism, Germany has self-consciously devoted itself to promoting “peace” and integrating into a European and trans-Atlantic security order where consensus has been the byword.

Russia’s war in Ukraine is now forcing Germany to rethink decades-old ideas about its place in Europe, its relationship to Russia and the use of military force.

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