Germany to increase defense spending, but not high enough for Trump

Germany to increase defense spending, but not high enough for Trump

Cheryl Sanders
May 17, 2018

The conflict in Syria has taken an enormous scale and can not be settled without the participation of Russia, Turkey, Iran, Europe and other regional powers, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the country is committed to fulfilling its global responsibilities.

The target was not some fetish, but reflected changing security requirements in the world, she told senior officers at her first appearance at a biennial meeting of military top brass since 2012.

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.

Dissent is growing within Merkel's "grand coalition" between her conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats over how quickly to boost military spending towards the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target.

Military outlays will climb to 1.5 percent of gross domestic product by 2025, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Monday.

Finance minister Olaf Scholz has so far rebuffed such calls by his cabinet colleague, arguing that higher spending does not automatically translate to a better defense strategy.

Members of the military alliance agreed to move towards spending two-percent of GDP on defense by 2024. "Rather, fulfilling our worldwide commitments plus the defense of the alliance and our country make such an expense necessary".

For her part, Sahra Wagenknecht, president of the opposition Left Party (Die Linke), supported Merkel's position on the JCPOA and said that 'we have demanded a more autonomous and independent policy from the United States, and we are happy that we are no longer alone on that position'.

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