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The SPD chairwoman Saskia Esken has the request of
Federal Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) after one
more extensive Bundeswehr mandate for the southern Sahara contradicted.
"We do not accept unthinking military offensives and none
Redefinition of German Foreign Policy from the Ministry of Defense ",
Esken said Frankfurter Allgemeine ForexNews.onlineung,
The CDU chair again acted without agreement in the government.

Kramp-Karrenbauer had previously FAZ said the French military was in the Sahel zone
"on the road with a much more robust order". Only because of that
the armed forces and build civil organizations there. The partners
Germany asked, "whether this division of labor will remain
Germany cannot "duck away" in the region.

Esken said Kramp-Karrenbauer "doesn't say a word
about how dangerous such an operation would be and how great the risk for
our soldiers ". If it is the
Minister was serious about her foreign policy proposals, then there was an expectation that she would share them with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) "in responsible cooperation in the coalition
Developed ". For the SPD, military operations remained" the ultima ratio, "said the party leader.

"If we break something over the knee, it won't end well"

The SPD chairman also considers "very skeptical" in the
Defense Committee, Fritz Felgentreu, the proposal of
Defense Minister. "Just send combat troops – it can
not be, "he said the FAZ, Legal basis for
According to the Basic Law, the Bundeswehr cannot deploy abroad
Ad hoc alliance with France, but only a UN or an EU mandate.

"I don't know anything about it at all
There are talks about this, "said Felgentreu. In addition, one must
Operational concept "before I would be ready, German soldiers
Exposing soldiers to lethal dangers there ". It must also be clear
which personnel and material should be used. "If we have something there
Breaking over the knee will not end well, "said the
SPD politician.

German soldiers are on several missions of the United Nations (UN)
 and the European Union in southern Sahara. As part of a
Blue helmet and training missions are around 1,000 Bundeswehr soldiers in
 Mali stationed. France sends about four times as many soldiers
and in Mali is so far only for the fight against terrorism
 responsible. The current mandate of the Bundestag, which is about
Foreign deployments are decisive and include the participation of German soldiers
in counter-terrorism operations.

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