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Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Syria mission: Merkel in the solidarity trap

The German government on Tuesday voted in favour of German troops participating in a military mission against the IS militants in Syria. The resolution marks a watershed in German foreign policy, the left-liberal daily Der Standard comments: "With the decision to deploy German soldiers in the fight against the IS, Chancellor Angela Merkel has put an end to Germany's traditional reserve. Not because she's keen on embarking on a military mission. On the contrary: she knows many Germans are sceptical. Nevertheless the chancellor doesn't want to leave France in the lurch. She doesn't like to remember the flack Berlin received when Germany refused to join the allied intervention in Libya. Merkel also knows that one thing is out of the question: preaching solidarity to the EU partners in the refugee crisis while at the same time fobbing Paris off with a few words of condolence after the terrorist attacks."

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