Germany’s Merkel calls for large increase in military spending

German Pfc. Vitali Krell dangles from a rope as he crosses an ice-cold river during the final day of the 2015 European Best Squad Competition at the Grafenwoehr, Germany, Training Area, Oct. 19-22, 2015. The Germans beat out 16 other squads to earn the title of Best Squad in Europe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany must drastically increase its defense spending. Michael S. Darnell/Stars and Stripes
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German Pfc. Vitali Krell dangles from a rope as he crosses an ice-cold river during the final day of the 2015 European Best Squad Competition at the Grafenwoehr, Germany, Training Area, Oct. 19-22, 2015. The Germans beat out 16 other squads to earn the title of Best Squad in Europe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany must drastically increase its defense spending. Michael S. Darnell/Stars and Stripes
German Pfc. Vitali Krell dangles from a rope as he crosses an ice-cold river during the final day of the 2015 European Best Squad Competition at the Grafenwoehr, Germany, Training Area, Oct. 19-22, 2015. The Germans beat out 16 other squads to earn the title of Best Squad in Europe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany must drastically increase its defense spending. Michael S. Darnell/Stars and Stripes
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German Pfc. Vitali Krell dangles from a rope as he crosses an ice-cold river during the final day of the 2015 European Best Squad Competition at the Grafenwoehr, Germany, Training Area, Oct. 19-22, 2015. The Germans beat out 16 other squads to earn the title of Best Squad in Europe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany must drastically increase its defense spending. Michael S. Darnell/Stars and Stripes

Germany’s Merkel calls for large increase in military spending

by: John Vandiver | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: October 18, 2016

STUTTGART, Germany — Germany must spend billions more on defense to shoulder a larger share of NATO’s security burden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech that could serve as a political turning point for a country wary of an expanded military role.

The goal, Merkel said, is to dedicate 2 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product to military matters, a NATO spending benchmark that Germany — along with most other alliance members — has failed to achieve.

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