- Germany Saying ‘Enough of This’ by Refusing to Meet NATO Spending Demands – Prof
undestag Deputy Chairperson Wolfgang Kubicki has called on Germany’s foreign minister to declare the US ambassador to Berlin persona non grata. In a Facebook post, Kubicki said that US envoy Richard Grenell has interfered in Germany’s internal affairs.
Mr Grenell has criticised Germany for moving away from NATO’s defence spending target of 2% of GDP. Germany’s Finance Ministry earlier said that the country’s defence spending will grow next year before dropping in 2022 and 2023. NATO countries are obliged to spend at least 2% of GDP by 2024.
The failure of European states to spend more on defence has prompted US President Donald Trump to threaten to pull out of the alliance. US military spending stood at $700 billion in 2018, more than twice the $280 billion of all European NATO states combined.
Sputnik discussed this with Dr Mark Gubrud, adjunct assistant professor in peace, war, and defence at the University of North Carolina.