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After all, 1.5 percent : Heiko Maas defended the Bundeswehr's budget

He says it once in the Morning and once in the evening and after each new edition of the critique, once again, On his trip to the USA is Federal foreign Ministe

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After all, 1.5 percent : Heiko Maas defended the Bundeswehr's budget

He says it once in the Morning and once in the evening and after each new edition of the critique, once again, On his trip to the USA is Federal foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD), not tired, to reaffirm Germany's Commitments to Nato. 1.5 percent of the economic output would be spent in the year 2024, for the defense - "we keep our word". However, the critics simply do not want to fall silent. Would you like to hear a different number of Maas.

The members of Nato, which these days your 70. Celebrates birthday, have said, in the medium term to a level of defense spending of two percent of gross domestic product to move. US President, Donald Trump is of the view that it must be until 2024 even "at least two per cent".

But the Federal government has determined that the rate increases within the next five years to only 1.5 percent. The recently published medium-term financial planning by the Federal Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) for the years up to 2023 even had doubts about that. Because of the projection that the rate would not rise continuously, but in 2023, even to decline.

All of this makes for irritation not only in Washington, but also in other Nato partners. While there are a number of Alliance members, which are far from the two percent wide. But on Germany as the largest European economy, loads of power, well, special expectations.

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On Wednesday, Maas pulls out all the stops in order to dispel the criticism. At a conference for the Nato anniversary in Washington, he presented Germany's commitment: The country is the second-largest Nato troops in Afghanistan, to lead this year, the rapid reaction Force, build a new Nato command centre in Ulm.

It should also be noted that Germany have a lead in defence matters because of its history, always difficult internal political debates, warns Maas. And finally, the Minister suggests that the medium-term financial planning from Scholz irritated him: The preparation of the Federal budget to be understood "is sometimes hard for outsiders - and not just for you".

Trump-Vice-Pence: "Germany must do more,"

so Far, the German protestations did not avail. The 1.5-percent-out of the promise appeased the minds of just as the position of the manifold commitment to Nato. Only on Tuesday complained to Trump values in a Meeting with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg once again, Germany is a "fair contribution". Also Stoltenberg urged Nato members to Comply with their budget commitments. On Wednesday US Vice-President Mike Pence put it: "Germany must do more."

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First the chief, then the Deputy Also Pence attacked Germany for defense spending

And so Maas must occur from time to Time for the German defence budget - even though he has designed it, nor about him. (AFP)

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