The Germany Military, On the Move

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Members of the Bundeswehr, or the German military, run toward two Patriot missile launching systems at the Luftwaffe Warbelow training center in Warbelow, Germany, on on Dec. 18, 2012.

BERLIN — On March 1, the German Parliament will debate sending 80 soldiers to Mali to provide medical care and help French soldiers train Malian government troops to clear mines and build bridges.

That may not seem like a big task for the world’s fourth-largest economy, but it represents a significant change for a country that has spent the past 68 years trying to live down its martial past.

Full dispatch here.