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France has demonstrated repeatedly that it understands and accepts this responsibility; Germany may now be following suit.Because Germany benefits more than most countries from the current open, value-based international order, it has, Gauck said, a greater responsibility to defend and extend that order.As a shaping power with an enormous stake in preserving and extending the openness of the international system, Germany has a special responsibility to help integrate new global powers into that system.Under this scenario, Germany would play a role in global peace and security through the European seat, as well as serving as a periodic rotating member. Moreover, Germany recognizes the need to consolidate Europe's voting power and reduce the number of European seats in other global institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, to make room for emerging powers.Countries that want to retain power in a changing global order must learn to share it, which requires accepting and embracing the contours of a new world.That means supporting a greater global role for all powers that understand and accept responsibility for maintaining global peace and security.
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