Germany is Ready to Raise Its Share of NATO’s Budget to €47.3 Billion This Year

BERLIN (BM) – Germany is ready to raise its share of NATO’s budget by €5 billion ($5.6 billion) to €47.3 billion this year, learned, quoting DW.

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The increase would amount to 1.35% of gross domestic product (GDP) — still a long way off the 2% target NATO members have set themselves. However, the increase would be the biggest for Germany since the end of the Cold War in 1991.

If confirmed, the move could be seen as a concession to US President Donald Trump, who has been pushing European allies to raise defense spending, and their share of spending on NATO in particular.

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At a summit in Wales, UK, in 2014, NATO members agreed to gradually raise defense budgets to 2% of GDP within a decade. Trump has repeatedly singled out Germany, criticizing what the US perceives as insufficient defense spending, while Berlin has pointed out that all members have until 2024 to attempt to reach the target.

At last year’s NATO summit, Trump even threatened to leave the alliance if members did not reach the 2% target soon.

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Source: DW