12 iulie 2018

Merkel unmoved as Trump demands more defense spending


By Ayhan Simsek BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel made no new pledge on Thursday to increase defense spending of Germany, despite a stark warning by the U.S. President Donald Trump.  Speaking to reporters on the second and final day of the NATO summit in Brussels, Merkel stuck to her government’s earlier plan to gradually increase military spending to 1.5 percent of its national output by 2024. “The American president has demanded what has already been discussed for months, namely a change in [...]