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Feb 16, 2017 | 13:31 GMT

Germany: Ruling Coalition Split Over Defense Spending

Members from Germany's ruling coalition appear to be split over the possibility of increased defense spending, FAZ and Reuters reported Feb. 15. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen of the Christian Democratic Union said on Feb. 15 that Germany and other European countries will need to increase defense and security spending. Meanwhile, Rainer Arnold, a representative for the Social Democratic Party, said that Germany is already spending enough on defense. NATO requirements hold that member states spend at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense spending, a goal Germany falls far short of. Ensuring NATO members meet spending guidelines was a key demand of U.S. President Donald Trump on the campaign trail, and his administration has continued to push for increased spending by European allies since he entered office. To that end, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said Feb. 15 that the United States would "moderate its commitment" to allies who failed to meet the 2 percent goal by the end of 2017.

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