Battle over the Defense Budget Germany Remains Tepid on NATO 2-Percent Goal

U.S. President Donald Trump has been extremely critical of German defense spending. But in a midterm government report, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz successfully prevented an explicit pledge to increase the defense budget.
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

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German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz

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