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Germany’s New Muscular Foreign Policy ‘Lies in the Hands of Strong Women’

By Katrin Bennhold, Steven Erlanger

29 Mar 2022 · 6 min read

It was Chancellor Olaf Scholz who, three days after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, broke with Germany’s postwar pacifism, vowing to give his country the necessary resources and muscle to lead on security matters in Europe.

Those now tasked with carrying out that change — the biggest foreign-policy shift in Germany since World War II — are women.

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