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Stoltenberg calls on Germany to increase its defense budget

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Photograph: Reuters/ScanPix

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg increased pressure on Germany to increase its defense budget.

“During the Cold War, when Konrad Adenauer or Willy Brandt were in power, defense spending was between 3% and 4% of economic output,” Stoltenberg said in an interview published by Funke Mediengruppe. said.

Stoltenberg pointed out that the situation is similar in his native Norway. “We did it then and now we need to do it again,” he added.

Stoltenberg reminded the decision taken at the NATO summit in Vilnius in July that 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) was the minimum amount for military expenditures, but Berlin has still not reached this target.

The NATO secretary general said he expects many allies to exceed that target.

Stoltenberg, formerly prime minister of Norway, admitted that he understood very well how difficult it was to increase the defense budget when more funds were also needed for health, education and infrastructure. However, he emphasized that defense spending should increase if tensions escalate.

Stoltenberg stated that Germany is on track to meet NATO’s goal of spending 2 percent of GDP on defense, adding that it will make a big difference whether a country like Germany sticks to this goal.

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