How Germany Sees its Armed Forces | Taking Germany′s Pulse | DW | 26.01.2011
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Taking Germany's Pulse

How Germany Sees its Armed Forces

The Bundeswehr hasn't always had as good a standing in German society as it does today. We take a look at the way public perceptions of the Armed Forces have changed over the years.


In the early years of its existence in the 1950s, the public had its misgivings about the Bundeswehr. The Second World War was still fresh in many people's minds. But in the 1990s, public perceptions began to change. Today the Bundeswehr is facing a series of major reforms. But as far as its reputation is concerned, it seems it has little to worry about.

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