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The Independent: Germany to boost army to 200000 troops amid growing concern over Donald Trump's commitment to Nato
Germany is to increase the size of its armed forces amid growing concerns over the security of Europe.
Troop numbers in the Bundeswehr will be raised to almost 200,000 over the next seven years, under new plans announced on Wednesday.
The move comes days after Mike Pence, the US vice-president, called on Nato’s European members to increase military spending.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly demanded Europe pay more towards the cost of its own defence.
The move also comes amid growing concern in European capitals over Mr Trumps’ commitment to Nato, after he described the alliance as “obsolete”.
Under the new plans, Germany will recruit 20,000 more troops by 2025, bringing its total service personnel to 198,000.
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