The German government has agreed to spend a budget of 100 billion euros to modernize the military amid European concerns about the conflict between Russia and Russia. Ukraine.
According to AFP, the deal was agreed by the government of Prime Minister Olaf Scholz and the opposition late on May 29 after weeks of negotiations.
The budget of 100 billion euros will be used to upgrade and modernize German army over the next few years and help the country meet the target of spending 2% of GDP on defense budget set by NATO.
Weapons at the base military in Munster, Germany
This special funding will be provided by the debt increase, so Germany has to revise the provision on imposing the government debt ceiling already fixed in the constitution.
Therefore, the government of Prime Minister Scholz needs the support of the opposition party to pass the constitutional amendment with the support of two-thirds of parliamentarians.
According to AFP, this amount of 100 billion euros will not be part of the national budget but will be put into a separate fund.
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This decision is considered a big step for Germany, one of the leading countries in Europe but criticized by the US for not military spending as committed by NATO.
Since the end of the Cold War, Germany has drastically reduced its numbers from about 500,000 soldiers in 1990 to 200,000 today. The German army is considered not in state of readiness for battle high when a report in December 2021 showed that less than 30% battleship can operate at full capacity while many fighters are not qualified to fly. However, the war in Ukraine prompted the German authorities to act.