World Bulletin/News Desk
Four in five Germans would like to see their armed forces take part in fewer military missions and almost two-thirds think Germany should show caution on foreign affairs, a poll found, signalling scant backing for leaders' recent calls to do more.
Germany's president, defence minister and foreign minister pledged a more prominent foreign and security role at the start of 2014, declaring that the country could no longer watch from the sidelines.
That message was welcomed by allies anxious to share the costs and the burdens of international missions. It also gave reassurance after Germany's shock decision to opt out of any military involvement in Libya in 2011.
According to the poll of 1,000 people, commissioned by the Koerber foundation, 82 percent would like to see fewer military missions for the Bundeswehr, Germany's armed forces.
Almost three-quarters of those explained their stance with the view that Germany had too many problems of its own to deal with, and around half said Germany's Nazi past was a reason to show restraint.
"The discrepancy could not be bigger between the huge expectations put upon our country to take over more responsibility for foreign policy ... and on the other hand a study showing 60 percent of people say, don't take on anymore," said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
"What we conclude from this.. is that we need to have a wide debate on foreign policy."
Some 4,700 German troops are currently on missions abroad, operating with NATO allies and other partners. Most are in Afghanistan, but during 2013 new missions were added in Senegal, Mali and Turkey and German troops will also join other European forces in the Central African Republic this year.
The dispatch of troops to foreign countries has been an especially controversial matter in Germany where some believe the Nazi German campaign of conquest in World War Two places a particular responsibility on Berlin to refrain.
His speech capped a nostalgic visit for the 33-year-old billionaire, which included a visit to his old dorm room.
Simeonov, 62, is co-leader of the United Patriots (UP), the junior party in the governing coalition.
US leader hints at prosecutions over American leaking of sensitive information about suicide bombing in UK
The ministry's Rapid Response Division is one of two special forces units heading up the operation to recapture Mosul, which is backed by a United States-led anti-ISIL coalition.
Tbilisi court says process for school principal’s extradition to Turkey has started
US president slams member states over inadequate defense spending, urges them to raise their contributions
Residents of southeastern Africa nation once had to rely on foreign Muslim channels, but now have one of their own
Last week Third Force fighters attacked Brak al-Shati airbase, also in southern Libya, which is controlled by Haftar forces, killing 140 people, including civilians.
Human Rights Watch said in a statement the "rush" to kill the men "smacks of militia rule, not the rule of law".
An economist by training, Papademos was Bank of Greece governor from 1994 to 2002, and European Central Bank governor vice president from 2002 to 2010.
The government has denied the allegations and says it wants to remove advantages enjoyed by some foreign-based institutions.
Tusk, along with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, also argued for the benefits of open trade and the Paris climate agreement that Trump is opposed to.
Here is what we know so far about Monday's attack, the deadliest in Britain since 2005.
Judges in the capital Addis Ababa imposed a jail sentence of six years and six months on Yonatan Tesfaye, the former spokesman for the opposition Blue Party who was found guilty earlier this month of encouraging terrorism.
Attack increases May death toll of police patrolling Somali border to 20, suspected victims of al-Shabaab attacks
Two people were found dead in the town of Kansk in Russia's Siberian Krasnoyarsk region, according to investigators in the region, who said a fire spread in the area due to hot weather and strong wind.