Soldiers of the German air force prepare to enter an A310 MRT aerial refuelling jet before it takes off from the Cologne Wahn base near Cologne, western Germany, December 10, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DPA / OLIVER BERG
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The German parliament's latest decision to participate in the Syrian civil war indicates an ongoing shift in formerly reluctant German foreign policy toward an increased participation in military interventions, but the German public remains skeptical about deployments overseas, analysts say.According to Kausch, Germany's newfound leading role in Europe during the financial and refugee crises has pushed it toward more militarily participation.The change in Germany's foreign policy has also been emphasized by the United States' decreasing willingness to intervene directly in conflicts, leaving a vacuum to be filled. The days where Germany could rely solely on its NATO partners in terms of security are clearly over, as the latest developments show.According to Golla, Germany should take a mediator's role in international conflicts instead of participating militarily.Despite its unpopularity, German military involvement is stepping up steadily. Kausch explained.In fact, it is not unlikely that the German public will eventually get used to seeing their armed forces deployed abroad.
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