Angela Merkel decided to have her nation abstain from the UN resolution which authorizes establishing a no-fly zone in Libya. Her Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, argued his government had ‘calculated the risk” of doing something that might anger Arab countries. Of course, even as he made this strange comment, the Arab League was announcing full support for a no-fly zone in Libya. Former German Foreign Minister, Joschka Fischer blasted the Merkel government as weak and ineffective. “Germany has lost its credibility in the United Nations and the Middle East.” He went on to predict, “German hopes for a permanent Security Council seat can be buried. Germany has turned the idea of a united European Union foreign policy into a farce.” His conclusion was brutal: “I have nothing but shame for the failure of our government.”
Most probably, Merkel and her crew decided the prospect of oil from Libya and huge contracts from Gaddafi were worth more than standing by her colleagues. During the past fifty years, German leaders have been careful not to isolate their nation from European powers. That policy is no longer accurate.