NATO chief urges Germany to spend more on defense

NATO head Jens Stoltenberg urged Germany Tuesday to spend more on defense, touching on a sore point in German politics that has also inflamed relations with the US. “For me it’s decisive that the US and Germany agree that we have to invest more in our security,” the former Norwegian prime minister told German business daily Handelsblatt. Increasing defense budgets “isn’t about making the US happy,” he went on. “It’s about Europe’s security. Europe is much closer to the crises and threats than the US, closer to Russia, closer to Syria and Iraq.” Heads of state in the alliance agreed in 2014 to aim to raise defense spending to 2.0 percent of GDP within a decade. Media agencies<

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