With tensions in the Strait of Hormuz, the expectations of Germany, to participate in the securing of the strategically important Strait in the Persian Gulf to grow – perhaps even militarily.

According to the United States, the UK is now campaigning for a marine use for the protection of merchant ships and bringing the Alliance partners under pressure. In the Grand coalition, a new conflict on the horizon already, could be the first major challenge for the new defence Minister Annegret Kramp-karrenbauer (CDU).

The British foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt had made to the establishment of a British tanker by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz for a European Marine use strong and even with his German counterpart, Heiko Maas spoke. In the course of the week with further consultations to follow. Whether Germany will participate in, is still completely open. Maas stressed that it does not want to join the US strategy of maximum pressure on Iran, though. “But we have to acknowledge that there are incidents with which you have to deal with it.”

In the past weeks, there was several incidents in the Maritime area – and always, there was a difference in the USA and Iran to what is happening. The incidents fueled Fears of a military escalation between the two States.

In the two coalition factions of the British proposal is very different. The CDU foreign policy expert, Jürgen Hardt showed up in the “Stuttgarter Zeitung” and the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten” open to the British proposal. “The obstruction of free and secure world trade through the set of British tankers through Iran a major attack on the international system,” he said to the grounds.

The foreign policy spokesman of the SPD parliamentary group, Nils Schmid, warned however: “In the case of a deployment of the Bundeswehr in this Region the danger, to be in a military conflict dragged is.” There is a large risk of misunderstandings, which could lead to a war. “Now is not the Moment to speculate on military operations – now it is diplomacy and de-escalation is required.”

it is Clear for a European Marine use AfD leader Alexander Gauland said. He called the British proposal “absolutely reasonable.”

The topic is expected to play this Wednesday in the Bundestag debate following the swearing-in of Kramp-Karrenbauer, a larger role. First of all, the new defence Minister will deliver a 15-minute statement from the government, then representatives of all six political groups to get the word. Brussels to advise on the level of the EU ambassadors on the crisis in the Persian Gulf. Because the UK wants to leave the European Union until the end of October, it is held, however, exclude the possibility that the British Initiative of a real EU use.

Already in talks with Nato had shown last in addition, several European countries are sceptical as to whether an increased presence of warships in the Persian Gulf, really for more security worries. Therefore, could increase as a result of the U.S. Initiative, there is also the risk of a military confrontation.

Should be sent to the German army actually in use in the Persian Gulf, it could bring in experience, which collects them for a few years in the framework of the EU Mission “Atalanta”. In this application the Horn of Africa, trade ships will be protected from attacks of Somali pirates. Until 2016, the German war ships were regularly in the Mission in the Indian ocean involved. Currently, approximately 30 German logistics companies in the country are.

“Atalanta” is one of the few German armed forces missions, in which the success is indisputable: In the past five years, there have been hardly any attacks by pirates off the coast of Somalia. Also the capacity for use in the Strait of Hormuz is likely to have the German Navy. Currently, only two German ships of war are abroad in the Aegean sea and the Lebanese coast.

The Problem is mainly political: For the Europeans in the Strait of Hormuz is a tightrope walk. Germany, Britain and France are trying, the nuclear agreement with Iran against the resistance of the United States to maintain. The posting of war vessels in the Strait of Hormuz could be perceived by Tehran as a provocation and partisanship for the United States.

Completely unclear was how the idea for a European application with the American Initiative for the protection of trade could be ships. If you want it to go, according to initial data to allow for an increased military presence in the Region for a better Monitoring of the Strait of Hormuz.

Reuters topics in this article, the Strait of Hormuz Golf Kramp-Karrenbauer, Germany conflict Iran USA test Bundeswehr UK CDU Heiko Maas, Brussels, Berlin, EU, Jeremy Hunt, Jürgen Hardt Stuttgarter Zeitung

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