A German defense white paper has been leaked to two separate newspapers. In mid-April, Süddeutsche Zeitung (of Panama Papers fame) said it had acquired the white paper, which was titled “Security Police and the Future of the Bundeswehr.” Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that Berlin was looking to broaden the scope of military operations in Germany and potentially abroad. On May 2, the Financial Times reported it had seen a full draft of the white paper and that it advocates for the establishment of a joint European military headquarters and the sharing of military assets. According to FT, the white paper states that Germany wants Europe “to take on a greater share of the common burden” of defense from the United States.
Without a full copy of the text, it is impossible to make definitive claims about the contents of the white paper. According to FT, the paper wants European military capabilities to be “jointly planned, developed, managed, procured, and deployed.” In eff
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