Petra Bornhöft, Der Spiegel | March 18, 2010
Germany has failed to keep its aid pledges to developing countries. ++ It has fallen short of both EU and UN aid requirements. ++ "In the international community, Germans are now seen as masters of the empty promise." ++ Aid in Germany is no longer seen in terms of moral values but rather in terms of buying support for global challenges like security and climate change. ++ This frugality could have political implications as UN member countries vote on whether Germany should have a temporary seat on the Security Council.