Germany's cabinet has approved plans to increase Berlin's contribution to the mission in Mali. If passed by the Bundestag, 330 more soldiers will be deployed to help train Malian forces and give logisitical aid.
Although the German army has taken part in numerous UN peacekeeping missions, it has only deployed a very small number of soldiers for the cause. The reasons for this reserved approach are multifaceted.
Parliament in Berlin has extended German participation in the UN mission in Mali for another year. Up to 150 German soldiers can continue to serve in the West African country. Doubts about the mission persist.
From Kosovo to Afghanistan, German military deployments overseas have been the subject of much discussion. An unthinkable concept after World War Two, it's now become a reality.
As it prepares to withdraw, NATO's nation-building mission in Afghanistan has - at least partially - failed. The alliance now requires a strategic rethink to address its next challenge, Russia, writes DW's Bernd Riegert.
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