Reuters: German SPD rejected NATO’s 2 percent defense spending target as it may turn Germany into Europe’s first military power

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Sofia. Germany’s Social Democrats on Sunday rejected NATO’s target of spending 2 percent of economic output on the military, and blasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservatives for kowtowing to the demands of U.S. President Donald Trump, Reuters reports.

With just over a month to go before national elections, SPD leader Martin Schulz and Thomas Oppermann, who heads the SPD in parliament, issued their strongest criticism to date of Merkel, the NATO spending target and Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen in an essay for the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain.

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“We say a clear no to the ‘two-percent target’ of Trump and the CDU/CSU,” the two leaders wrote, referring to Merkel’s Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party.

“It’s not only unrealistic, it is simply the wrong goal.”

The comments put the SPD on a collision course with U.S. officials, who have began pressing Germany long before Trump’s election…

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