Germany vs. NATO: Mid-term German Military Budget Not Enough, Says Defense Ministry

Planned government funding for Germany’s military, which faces worsening equipment and personnel shortages, will not meet its needs after next year and should be increased, the defense ministry. Defense State Secretary Peter Tauber told lawmakers the 2019 armed forces budget included significant increases, but hikes for the following three years under a mid-term budget plan approved last week by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet would leave the service short. “Further increases in defense spending should follow in the next years ... to meet the Bundeswehr’s (military’s) needs,” Tauber wrote, citing a NATO target for members to spend 2 percent of economic output on defense. Under the budget, Germany’s spending would rise to 1.3 percent of GDP in 2019 but then fall back to around 1.23 percent by 2022. The largest economy in Europe is under fire from the United States and some other allies for not boosting military spending faster, and the issue is likely dominate a NATO summit this week.

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Not enough? What happened to the money? All spent on providing economic influence in the third world countries....

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Not enough money? U.S. and allies will provide military support and budget for NATO and Frau Merkel.... It doesn't works...

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Select NATO members’ defense spending (as % of GDP) in 2017
 
US 3.6%
Greece 2.4%
UK 2.12%
Estonia 2.08%
France 1.8%
Turkey 1.5%
Canada 1.3%
Germany 1.24%
Denmark 1.17%
Netherlands 1.15%
Italy 1.12%
Spain 0.92%
Belgium 0.9%
Luxembourg 0.5%

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Germany is leading  Europe with 1.24%? Economic dominance and diplomacy...

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