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Germany: Berlin reaffirms commitment to NATO's two-percent target

Germany, Berlin
November 08, 2019 at 19:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

The German government remains committed to NATO's target of two-percent of GDP for defence spending, said German Defence Ministry Spokesperson Frank Faehnrich at a press conference in Berlin on Friday.

"There is a clear acknowledgement by the federal government, which we declare annually to NATO, of our two percent [of GDP] aim [to increase defence expenditure]," said Faehnrich.

He also noted that "the equipment and operational readiness of the federal armed forces have to be improved," adding that "we need staff and extra equipment" and "extra financial support."

On Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected French President Emmanuel Macron's claims that NATO was facing a "brain death," stating that the transatlantic partnership "is absolutely indispensable."

Later that day, German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said her country would meet the NATO defence spending target by 2031, missing a 2024 deadline set by the alliance in 2014.

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The German government remains committed to NATO's target of two-percent of GDP for defence spending, said German Defence Ministry Spokesperson Frank Faehnrich at a press conference in Berlin on Friday.

"There is a clear acknowledgement by the federal government, which we declare annually to NATO, of our two percent [of GDP] aim [to increase defence expenditure]," said Faehnrich.

He also noted that "the equipment and operational readiness of the federal armed forces have to be improved," adding that "we need staff and extra equipment" and "extra financial support."

On Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected French President Emmanuel Macron's claims that NATO was facing a "brain death," stating that the transatlantic partnership "is absolutely indispensable."

Later that day, German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said her country would meet the NATO defence spending target by 2031, missing a 2024 deadline set by the alliance in 2014.

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