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Europe's baby boomers are hawkish on Kosovo-it could be the commission trade unions next

By Manneken Pis   May 1999

Baby boomers get tough

The conversion of German foreign minister Joschka Fischer from pacifist Green to the superhawk of Kosovo stunned the EU’s four neutral members at the General Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg. Only four years ago, Germany’s constitutional court was agonising over whether their troops could participate in a UN peacekeeping operation beyond their borders. Now the Luftwaffe is bombing Belgrade and the general staff is dusting off those blood-stained second world war maps.

The shock for the neutrals came when Fischer presented his draft statement for all 15 EU nations to sign, insisting that Nato’s military action…

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