NATO chief urges Germany to lead way on defence spending

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg urged Germany on a visit to Berlin Wednesday to mirror its leadership role in Europe as the bloc’s biggest economy in its defence spending.

Describing Germany as a “staunch and important” NATO ally, Stoltenberg stressed the need for members of the US-led alliance to bump up investment amid challenges such as the Islamic State jihadist group or the Ukraine crisis.

“Germany is providing leadership in so many areas in Europe, but we are also looking for German leadership when it comes to investing in defence,” the alliance chief told a joint press conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Meanwhile Stoltenberg welcomed German involvement in Afghanistan and developing a high-speed NATO reaction force.

Germany’s Die Welt daily, which published an interview with Stoltenberg Tuesday, said that Berlin’s defence expenditure was under the NATO target, at 1.3 percent of gross domestic product.

The NATO chief, in the interview, welcomed a nominal increase in German spending for 2015 but underscored that the US government had recently made one billion dollars available for safeguarding Europe.

Full article: NATO chief urges Germany to lead way on defence spending (Spacewar)

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