Reuters: German SPD rejected NATO’s 2 percent defense spending target as it may turn Germany into Europe’s first military power

Sofia. Germany’s Social Democrats on Sunday rejected NATO’s target of spending 2 percent of economic output on the military, and blasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservatives for kowtowing to the demands of U.S. President Donald Trump, Reuters reports.

With just over a month to go before national elections, SPD leader Martin Schulz and Thomas Oppermann, who heads the SPD in parliament, issued their strongest criticism to date of Merkel, the NATO spending target and Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen in an essay for the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain.

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“We say a clear no to the ‘two-percent target’ of Trump and the CDU/CSU,” the two leaders wrote, referring to Merkel’s Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party.

“It’s not only unrealistic, it is simply the wrong goal.”

The comments put the SPD on a collision course with U.S. officials, who have began pressing Germany long before Trump’s election last November to increase its military spending.

The SPD leaders, whose party is lagging Merkel’s Christian Democrats in the polls by 15 percentage points, said Germany would have to nearly double current defense spending to meet the NATO target. That would make it the largest military power in Europe – a goal they said “no one could want” given Germany’s Nazi history.

Instead, they said, Germany should focus on building a strong European defense union and ultimately, a European army – a stance that may resonate with a deeply pacifist German public that remains skeptical of military engagements.

http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2017/08/06/421753/reuters-german-spd-rejected-natos-2-percent-defense-spending-target-as-it-may-turn-germany-into-europes-first-military-power.html

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2 Responses to “Reuters: German SPD rejected NATO’s 2 percent defense spending target as it may turn Germany into Europe’s first military power”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

  2. goldsteinweb Says:

    I would suggest they set up a fund from which the border states like Poland, Turkey and so on can finance their military spending. Maybe Germans can be allowed a career in the military of these countries.

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