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    Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany should increase military spending instead of expecting allies to bear the burden of defending Europe, according to local media.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Germany currently spends 1.2 percent of its gross domestic product on the military, while some other NATO members spend up to 3.4 percent of their GDP on defense, Merkel said at her party’s economic meeting in Berlin.

    "It will not go well in the long run if we say that we hope and expect others to carry the defense burden for us," Merkel said late Tuesday, as quoted by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

    NATO expects member states to spend 2 percent of the GDP on defense. In the past years, German defense expenditure shrank to 1.2 percent from 1.4 percent of the GDP. This will likely be a major topic at the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw in early July.

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      rgrag1245
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      beydety
      She's want to milk her own country for the benefit of the US MiC.
    • Anne
      At least England ( I hope ) will be out tomorrow from this crap
    • basho
      what a loser.
      is there anyone in DE that is still a German?
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      slimyfox
      Now that is a clear sign of double game which I described yesterday in the article about Steinmaier visit to Moscow and where was written that Angela Merkel is for normalisation of the relation with Russia. I clearly stated that this cannot be true but it is well planned ploy to protect German economic interest. Steinnaier will try to exert assurance from Putin that Russia will not impose ban on import of EU cars as Germany alone would lose over 8 billion US$ from these sanctions. Automotive industry is actually one of main industries in Germany which is driving engine for the rest of industries.

      Now anyone can see that Germany under this coalition CDU/CSU and SPD is a laying and deceiving which makes it untrustworthy. I always stated that Angela Merkel is the vicious person who is acting exactly as USA is ordering her. Recently Obama as well as American Generals complained that EU NATO members have to increase their budget to counter Russian aggression. It is Angela Merkel who is worst warmonger in EU it is Angela Merkel who exerts pressure on other states to expand and extend sanctions against Russia.

      Now watch out as USA is muling to introduce new sanctions against Russia for delivering S-300 to Iran. That muling means consulting with Angela Merkel how to make this working without facing rebellion in the EU ranks. Once they figure out it will start quiet diplomacy accompanied with quiet extortions, pressures, blackmailing of all member states in order to secure 100% support and once that achieved USA will come out with new sanctions followed by EU. All that only thanks to Obama - Merkel tandem in creating hostilities on unprecedented level after the WW2.

      In order to learn a bit more on that please refer to the following link and listen the interview between two military annalists from USA:

      theduran.com/us-sleepwalking-towards-nuclear-confrontation-video

      Well it is written video but it is not it is just interview. Enjoy listening, it is really quite educational.
    • Mensa
      She already destroyed Germany. According to new law (Sharia law) She should be hanged for treason.
    • Hermes
      What defence is this mad woman talking about. Bombing the Middle-east is not defence. Pushing up to Russias borders is not defence. Germany needs to be taught a lesson preferably before they start murdering millions of Russian people again and it has to be a final lesson. They have had their chance and they didn't take it.
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      luckys
      You fucking pathetic excuses for human beings.. Russia is a shitty country run by a mad man
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      luckys
      Mensa so you are isis? Do you support them?
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