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US fighter pilot carries out pre-fly checks ahead of the Libya strikes (Photo: US Department of Defence)

EU refuseniks justify staying out of Libya action

by Andrew Rettman, Brussels,

Germany and Malta over the weekend gave fresh reasons for staying out of the EU-US-Arab attack on Colonel Gaddafi.

Speaking in Der Spiegel on Sunday (20 March), German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle said he acted in a national tradition of military restraint and that Germany would have had to send soldiers to Libya if it had backed a UN resolution on the no-fly zone.

"We have considered this very carefully and made an important decision," he explained. "Why does the West ha...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

US fighter pilot carries out pre-fly checks ahead of the Libya strikes (Photo: US Department of Defence)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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