Wednesday, August 14, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Promises To Meet Defense Spending Target

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to soldiers from the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force after an exercise in Munster, Germany, on Monday. Photo: dpa via AP

Reuters: Merkel promises to meet defense spending target amid U.S. criticism

STRALSUND, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday she was taking Berlin’s commitment toward its NATO allies seriously to further increase defense spending toward the agreed target.

U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Germany’s failure to raise defense spending to 2% of economic output as mandated by the NATO military alliance.

The U.S. ambassador to Germany said last Friday that Berlin’s reluctance to spend more money on defense and its continued reliance on U.S. troops for protection were “offensive”.

Speaking at a panel discussion organized by Ostsee Zeitung local newspaper in the Baltic Sea town of Stralsund, Merkel said she took seriously the 2% defense spending target, adding: “We said we want to achieve 1.5% by 2024. And that is our common will.”

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Agreed. No better than an American politician or political parties balancing the budget in out years.

She is agreeing simple out of avoidance of criticism, which is not exactly a saintly reason nor convincing that she would carry it though if she were not retiring.

And what about Ursula von der Leyen? She went to bat for the defense ministry or did she? She could have resigned in disgust, but would would have been her follow on gig?Would there have been one?