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Germany to spend 2% of GDP on defense as per NATO guide

Scholz pledged to modernize the Bundeswehr and make it the backbone of Europe’s defense.

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BERLIN: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Germany will increase its defense budget to 2% of the GDP, as per the NATO guidelines, the Reuters reported.

The country has been facing huge pressure to modernize its military amid concerns of Ukraine war spillover.

NATO had urged Germany in the past, to boost its military but the issue is complicated. 

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Germany will strengthen its military to make it the backbone of deterrence, said Scholz

The backbone of European defense

Scholz recently pledged to modernize the Bundeswehr and make it the backbone of Europe’s defense.

“We will definitely solve it in such a way that the Bundeswehr (army) gets the resources it needs – even after the special fund expires,” Scholz said.

The Chancellor also talked about the FCAS fighter jet project with Spain and France. 

German military is suffering

The German military has been suffering from lack of manpower to shortages of ammunition.

Being protected by friendly countries from all sides has given the German leaders a sense of security since the end of the Cold War.

After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the fear of Russia’s expansion is real, which is why Germany is more concerned about its security. 

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