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Merkel: NATO's 2 percent defense spending target not 'some fetish'

Merkel: NATO's 2 percent defense spending target not 'some fetish'

President Donald Trump gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel a tour of the White House that included a sneak peek at his bedroom, according to the USA ambassador to Germany.

German defense spending will fall far short of levels demanded by President Donald Trump's administration for years to come, Chancellor Angela Merkel's defense minister said.

"The question is whether you can talk better if you terminate an agreement or if you stay in it ... we say you can talk better if you remain in it".

The ministry had postponed its plan to lease five of the unarmed drones, a deal valued by security sources at around 1 billion euros, amid concerns over their future use raised by the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) in the final months of the last coalition government.




In an address Monday, Germany's defense minister said the government will allocate 1.5-percent of gross domestic product by 2025.

Merkel told the officers that German military needed to rebuild after years of declining spending, and said there had been no objections when the former West Germany spent 2.3 percent of its GDP on the military during the Cold War.

Members of the military alliance agreed to move towards spending two-percent of GDP on defense by 2024. Her government says it's standing by a pledge by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members in 2014 to move "towards" the 2 percent target within a decade.

Critical ministry and parliamentary reports this year showed that missing spare parts and quality defects had curtailed the readiness of German submarines, warplanes and other key weapons after years of declining spending after the end of the Cold War.


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