German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (L) speaks with German soldiers after a NATO Response Force (NRF) exercise in Zagan, southwest Poland on June 18, 2015. Photo by AFP
Spigel Online: German defense minister eyes EU fund to boost military
The EU's new defense fund could be used for drone development, better aircraft and officer training, Germany's defense minister has said. Ursula von der Leyen said Germany and France were already identifying projects.
Von der Leyen told Germany's Funke newspaper concern that "we Europeans must get a firmer grip on our own security" in the wake of Britain's "Brexit" referendum and the US election of President Donald Trump.
Her remarks to the Ruhr District multimedia outlet based in Essen coincided with a public "open barrack" day at 16 Bundeswehr facilities as Germany's armed forces seek to recover from several scandals.
Visiting the Bundeswehr's large tank training center near Detmold - the Rommel Barracks named after the late Hitler-era Africa corps general - von der Leyen said German soldiers needed more "sustained" funding and more public support.
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WNU Editor: Before they plan on building an EU defense force, the Germans should first fix up their own military .... Germany's Merkel seeks to ease tensions with military (AP). And as for where to spend the money .... the other members of the EU may have a different point of view.