SPD leader Schulz plans to withdraw US nuclear weapons from Germany

  • Jonáš Vlk
  • 24.8.2017 12:33

On Tuesday 22 August, German Chancellor Candidate and SPD leader Martin Schulz promised that in case of his election success he would demand the US withdraw its nuclear weapons from Germany. The exact number was not made public, but it is assumed at least 20 US nuclear warheads are stored in the country.

Schulz is also planning to cut German defence spending, which has been increasing lately because of the pledge to devote at least 2% of GDP to the defence budget under the NATO membership. Germany and other EU countries were pushed to increase defence spending, modernise armies and establish interstate cooperation not only by Russia's aggressive politics but also by a desire for less reliance on NATO, and particularly on the US. By his decision, Schulz seeks to differentiate from the policy of current Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU / CSU). This approach was also supported by his colleague, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD), last week. Whether the Germans will incline to their traditional aversion to the strengthening of armed forces or choose more independence from the US military, will only be revealed in the September elections. According to current polls, Merkel is still in the lead, but according to a report by the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, almost 46 % of voters are still undecided. 

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