Germany not pulling its weight

There has been much comment in the Tory press about remarks by some minor sado-monetarist right wing German politicians criticising the expansionary and counter deflationary Keynesian economic policies of our Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the Labour Government (and by implication those of President Sarkozy of France and US President Elect Barack Obama). On Wednesday afternoon Foreign Secretary David Miliband came before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and I took the opportunity at the end of the two hour session to press him as to why Germany is not pulling its weight with regard to the coalition efforts in Afghanistan and other security issues. You can read what I said here

The Foreign Secretary was as you might expect very diplomatic in his responses but I think our German partners and allies need to recognise that the biggest economy in the EU needs to do far more towards collective security than it does at present and get rid of the various national caveats which prevent Germany playing the role it should in European and global security. It is not acceptable that Britain (and France ) should carry such a disproportionate share of the burden.

posted 14 December 2008

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