Germany U-turns on plan to fix NATO spending commitments into law


Berlin has scrapped plans to legally commit the German government to meeting NATO’s 2% military spending target on an annual basis. 

A government source told the Reuters news agency that the clause had been in a draft budget law passed by Olaf Scholz’s cabinet earlier today, but was deleted at short notice. 

In 2006, defence ministers from across NATO agreed that every member should spend a minimum of 2% of their GDP on defence to ensure the alliance’s military readiness. That’s not a requirement, but it is a guideline that NATO holds dear. 

The alliance’s most recent annual report, published in March, showed that only seven of its then-30 members hit that target. 

Germany’s current policy commits the country to meeting the 2% target on average over a five-year period. 

But in a speech days after Russia invaded, Mr Scholz pledged to invest more than 2% “year after year.”

A German government spokesperson declined to comment on the particulars of the draft law. 

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