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Germany should set aside its reluctance to engage in military operations and take a more active role in European defence, a British parliamentary committee said yesterday.

In the six decades since the Second World War, the Germans have been extremely wary of becoming involved in military entanglements.

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However, the House of Lords EU Committee said the time had come for Germany to match the sort of defence commitments made by Britain and France.

“Germany is Europe’s economic powerhouse. But in the military area, it does not fulfil its potential despite a large defence budget in absolute terms,” the committee said.