Olaf Scholz allegedly thwarted plans by Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

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Updated on November 08, 2019, 08:48

In her mid-term review, GroKo is satisfied with her work and affirms that she wants to continue together. But according to a report of the "mirror" it is supposed to seethe behind the scenes. As the medium wants to have learned, a dispute over future disasters has flared up between Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

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In its so-called mid-term review, GroKo has set its government goals for the next two years. As the "mirror" now reports, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) have thereby put a heavy political blow.

According to information of the medium Scholz should have insisted that GroKo's commitment to increase defense spending to 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) would be deleted from the paper.

Olaf Scholz drops commitment to NATO

According to the report, the head of the CDU wanted to include a passage in the document in which the government confesses itself to the five-year increase in the defense budget.

The two percent increase in the defense budget is due to a 2014 NATO decision. Especially US President Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted in the past that the partners of the defense alliance would have to abide by this.

According to the Spiegel, Scholz had pointed out that the increase in defense spending in the Ministry of Finance was unrealistic. In order to meet the requirements of the NATO decision, the budget would have had to be increased from around 50 billion euros to more than 65 billion euros.

Only vague statements about the defense budget

Also with the former defense minister Ursula von der Leyen Scholz had clashed on the subject. At that time, the SPD politician had enforced that NATO promised only an interim target of 1.5 percent by 2024.

In the dispute between Kramp-Karrenbauer and Scholz on the formulation in the mid-term review, according to "Spiegel" even the Chancellery had to intervene as an intermediary. In the final version of the document, the increase in the defense budget is now only vaguely outlined.

To the commitment to the NATO decision it says only that Berlin "within the budgetary possibilities" the goal of 1.5 percent by 2024 and strive for the budget of the Bundeswehr "continue to increase thereafter" wanted.

Kramp-Karrenbauer emphasizes Germany's military role

Kramp-Karrenbauer had demanded only on Thursday in a speech in Munich that Germany must take a more active military role. It is time to make your interests more powerful and take more responsibility together with the partners.

As she explained, Germany needs to increase its defense budget to 1.5 percent of GDP "by 2024 and to two percent by 2031 at the latest." The minister stressed that overspending was not only at the insistence of the US president, but also "because it is in our own security interest." (thp)




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Sources used:

  • Spiegel Online: Dispute over defense spending: Scholz sabotages Kramp-Karrenbauer

. (tagsToTranslate) Olaf Scholz (t) Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

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