Germany's defense minister plans to increase military spending to the NATO target of 2% of gross domestic product. The SPD, Merkel's coalition partners, said they would not allow Trump to dictate military spending.
Bulgarian lawmakers had to widen the budget deficit by 1.6% of GDP to pay for advanced US F-16 fighter jets. But officials have justified the price tag, saying they give Bulgaria a way out of "a technological stalemate."
For decades, Germany's Defense Ministry has been plagued by scandals, from far-right extremists in the ranks to broken military equipment. Can Merkel's heir apparent Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer improve its image?
First components of Russian-made S-400 missile system have arrived in Ankara, Turkish officials said. The US had threatened sanctions, sparking a row within NATO, of which Turkey is a member.
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