Germany should substantially increase its defense spending to cope with “external threats,” Chancellor Angela Merkel has said, stressing that Berlin can’t count on the US, and the EU is incapable of defending itself.
During an economics conference in Berlin on Tuesday, Merkel said the EU can’t rely on the transatlantic partnership with the US to deal with external threats, Reuters reports.
“Sure enough this means that a country like Germany, which today spends around 1.2 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on defense, and the United States, which spends 3.4 percent of GDP for defense will have to converge,” Merkel said.
The chancellor maintained it would be no good in the long run if Germany expected others to bear the burden of defense.
Last month, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced the country's first army expansion since the Cold War. Over the next seven years some 14,300 additional soldiers will be recruited, and around 7,000 new troops will be hired in the initial drive, with approximately 4,400 new civilian personnel working alongside them.
In 2015, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called for the creation of a united European army, which he said would be aimed at “deterring” Russia and strengthening the alliance.
“With its own army, Europe could react more credibly to the threat to peace in a member state or in a neighboring state,” he said, adding that “a common European army would convey a clear message to Russia that we are serious about defending our European values.”
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- 22-06-2016 16:06
- 22-06-2016 16:11
Just a few days ago, a German minister warned NATO against sabre-rattling against Russia
But tbh, the German military is a laughing stock atm. Really does need a lot more money
- 22-06-2016 16:14
- 22-06-2016 16:18
She also spoke about creating an European Army Which is not something i'm really in agreement with.
- 22-06-2016 20:55
And to think there's an agreement in NATO that all nations must spend 2% of their GDP on defence... its almost as though some countries willingly ignore that requirement...
- 22-06-2016 21:00
Oh really now? Wants to rearm the fatherland because of the ''external threat'' Heard that one before haven't we
- 22-06-2016 21:14
Good on them. 1.2% GDP with an economy the size of Germany's is ridiculous.
As long as we don't all get roped into an EU armed forces then we're good.