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EU and German flags fly over the Reichstag in Berlin.
EU and German flags fly over the Reichstag in Berlin.
(Andreas Weber/iStockphoto)

DOUG SAUNDERS

Is it Germany’s responsibility to send soldiers to war – or to keep them from it?

Should Germany be a country that sends its soldiers into the world? That question has erupted into the centre of German political debate this week – and nobody missed the significance of the timing, exactly a hundred years after a very different set of German leaders plunged the world into three decades of war.