Martin Schulz opposes NATO’s spending target

  • Liis Einstein
  • 13.4.2017 21:05

The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats Martin Schulz announced on 10 April that Germany should refuse NATO’s 2% spending target. The former European Union president warns against militarised Germany and will oppose Chancellor Angela Merkel in upcoming elections in September.

According to Schultz, the commitment to NATO spending target would be a substantial financial burden for Germany. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has also called the NATO target unrealistic. The new United States administration is putting more pressure on NATO’s member states to raise their defence budgets. During Angela Merkel's visit to the White House president Trump emphasized the lack of Germany's commitment to NATO. Chancellor Angela Merkel and defence minister Ursula von der Leyen have repeatedly emphasised the need to follow the NATO’s spending target. Germany increased its defence budget by 8 % this year, up to 37 billion euro which is 1.2 % of country’s GDP. Germany’s White Paper on defence, published in 2016, envisions a future European defence unit. 

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