NATO Tells Germany Increase Defence Spending

Posted on April 2, 2019

As NATO prepares to mark its 70th anniversary and amid unprecedented tensions with Washington, the alliance’s Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg said Berlin must live up to commitments it had signed up to at a summit in 2014.

NATO foreign ministers meet in the US capital this week for a low-key celebration of the alliance’s 1949 founding treaty with US complaints over weak European military spending firmly on the agenda.

All NATO allies agreed to move towards spending two percent of GDP on defence by 2024, but last month Berlin announced that its own figure was set to fall in the coming years, from 1.37 percent in 2020 to just 1.25 percent in 2023.

President Donald Trump has previously raised concerns over NATO allies not meeting defence spending targets, especially calling out Germany, and has threatened to “go alone” if Europe does not step up.

All NATO allies agreed to move towards spending two percent of GDP on defence by 2024, but last month Berlin announced that its own figure was set to fall in the coming years, from 1.37 percent in 2020 to just 1.25 percent in 2023.

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