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    German Defense Minister Refutes Trump's Claim About Germany's Debts to NATO

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    German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen stated that Germany does not have any debts to NATO refuting US President Donald Trump's allegations.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen refuted on Sunday US President Donald Trump's allegations that Germany owes NATO and Washington for defense.

    On Saturday, Trump wrote on Twitter that Germany owed "vast sums of money" to NATO, following the meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    "There are no debts to NATO. It is wrong to associate the 2- percent military spending, which we want to reach in the middle of the next decade, only with NATO," von der Leyen was quoted as saying by the N-tv broadcaster.

    The defense minster stressed the need for a modern security concept so that the burden could be equally shared. This, according to von der Leyen, includes a modernized NATO and a European defense union as well as investment in the United Nations.

    The target of spending 2 percent of the GDP mandated by NATO was adopted at the Alliance's September 2014 Summit in Wales, with only five countries, including the United States, meeting the required standard, according to NATO figures. Merkel has repeatedly said that Berlin will fulfill its commitments concerning the military spending through 2024.

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      The USA should pull out of NATO altogether with the understanding that should Europe face again the mess it made of its pigpen during WW I and WW II, they will need to turn to their African and Middle Eastern "friends" for assistance.

      It is just like your typical rent-cheating, debt-renouncing everyday commercial "bankruptcy entrepreneur" so beloved of the US commercial courts that Germany's own defence minister should lie about the explicit and open commitment which they have never honoured to 2% of their GDP committed to NATO.

      They will never keep a deal on this. The EU immigrant crisis which has already resulted in the murder of thousands is entirely on their head. They therefore should sort out their own financing should they wish to exercise their will with such disregard for the rights of other participants.

      BTW NATO would never have been formed it if were solely intended as a "defence against Russia." It was overtly and overwhelmingly accepted as necessary to prevent what is happening in Europe today from happening again: the dominance of Teutonic bombast and brutality in its refutation of democracy and the sovereign freedom of nations.

      Germans do not know better than anyone else about anything. The USA is not destined to become Germany's eternal victim through browbeating & freeloading simply because it was stupid enough to show mercy following the Second World War.

      If German politicans have such big mouths let them fight their own wars which they bring upon themselves through unleashing their eternal self-necrophilic fantasies of pleasurable doom which long pre-date Grimmelshausen's Simplicissimus and Strauss's Elektra.
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