President Kohler: Germany’s military presence in Afghanistan is also necessary to protect our economic interests

excerpt from: Horst Köhler

Wikipedia, 2 June 2010

"[W]e -including [German] society as a whole- are coming to the general understanding that, given this [strong] focus and corresponding dependency on exports, a country of our size needs to be aware that where called for or in an emergency, military deployment, too, is necessary if we are to protect our interests such as ensuring free trade routes or preventing regional instabilities which are also certain to negatively impact our ability to safeguard trade, jobs and income."

[Germany's President Horst Köhler, interview with Deutschlandradio , Kunduz, Afghanistan, 22 May 2010. Mr Köhler announced his resignation on 31 May 2010]