Germany commits to allocating 2% of GDP for defense — Scholz

Olaf Scholz
Olaf Scholz
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Germany has pledged to fulfill its NATO commitment and reach the target of spending 2% of GDP on defense this year, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said, Reuters news agency reported on Feb. 12.

Germany and Europe’s defense industry must switch toward mass production of arms as the war in Ukraine exposed how European manufacturers struggled to meet demand for ammunition, Scholz said.

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“We have to move away from manufacturing towards large-scale production of defense equipment,” Scholz said.

“Not only the United States, but all European countries must do even more to support Ukraine. The pledges made so far are not enough. Germany’s power alone is not enough.”

The German army and defense industry can now rely on Berlin’s commitment to reach the 2% of NATO target, he said.

Read also: EU falling short in support for Ukraine – Chancellor Scholz

“That is urgently needed,” the German Chancellor said.

“Because as harsh as this reality is: we do not live in times of peace.”

If Ukraine’s partners donated just 0.25% of their GDP to Ukraine’s struggle against Russia, this would “win the war,” said Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas on Feb. 8.

Donald Trump said on Jan. 11 that he would “encourage” Russia to attack any NATO member that fails to meet the Alliance’s financial obligations.

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