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. Continue reading