Germany's plan to spend less than promised on its military has drawn fire from the US Embassy in Berlin. The Trump administration is pushing Germany to increase its military spending and to meet the goal of 2% of GDP for NATO.
With the US moving troops out of Germany, Defense Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer said she would look into how the German military could help affected states. The pullout stems from a spat between Washington and Berlin.
People in Germany are largely in favor of US troops withdrawing from their country, a recent survey has revealed. The data showed that voters and politicians tend to disagree on the matter.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has outlined proposals that foresee bringing about 6,400 troops back to the US and relocating another 5,400 within Europe. That entails reducing the presence in Germany by roughly one third.
The German army will start with a new volunteer scheme next year under the motto "Your year for Germany." Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said the scheme aimed to create more social solidarity.
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