Friday, July 13, 2018

Germany Will Make Sovereign Decision on Military Spending, Maas Says

Germany Will Make Sovereign Decision on Military Spending
Germany’s foreign minister rejected suggestions that Berlin could be browbeaten by US President Donald Trump into hiking military spending, saying that his country would make its own “sovereign” decisions.

Trump caused uproar at this week’s summit of the NATO alliance in Brussels by accusing Europeans of free-riding on US security spending and saying Germany was a “captive” of Russia because of the two countries’ close energy ties.

German voters and its political class are deeply divided over military spending, with fears about regional insecurity and an assertive Russia jostling with a traditional post-World War Two reluctance to flex its muscles militarily.

“We aren’t captives of Russia or the US,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told weekly magazine Der Spiegel, according to Reuters.

“We take free, sovereign decisions about our budget, our energy supplies and our trade relationships, on the basis of facts.”

All NATO countries, including Germany, are committed to raising their military spending to 2 percent of GDP by 2024, a target Trump wants them to meet by next year.
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