Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Merkel defends German military spending goals

Germany to Increase NATO Defense Spending Amid US Pressure to Pay Fair Share Germany plans to increase defense spending
Kenny Thornton | 17 May, 2018, 03:38

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was on the wires earlier today, via Reuters, speaking to the lawmakers on Iran issue in the Bundestag lower house of parliament.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during a meeting with young people and monks at the Salone Papale in Assisi, Italy, May 12, 2018.

She said UK, France, Germany and the European Union as a whole - believe that it was wrong to withdraw from the agreement under such circumstances.

The ministry had postponed its plan to lease five of the unarmed drones, a deal valued by security sources at around 1 billion euros, amid concerns over their future use raised by the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) in the final months of the last coalition government.

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German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Monday will increase its defense spending from current levels 1.2 percent of GDP to 1.5 percent over the next seven years.

Even though Germany is set to continue to fall significantly short of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) defense spending target of 2.0 percent of GDP, Merkel emphasized on Wednesday that Germany's commitment to responsibilities it shoulders as part of the military alliance remained a priority for Berlin. These now call for spending on the Bundeswehr, Germany's armed forces, to rise in 2019 as a percentage of economic output but fall thereafter.

"The 2 percent is not a fetish that has nothing to do with the Bundeswehr, but it is necessary to allow us to fulfil the requirements of our global deployments, plus the need for homeland and alliance defence", Merkel said.

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