defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) must adjust to a significantly lower increase in military budgets as required.

the Federal Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz (SPD) plans for the defense budget in the coming year, expenditure of 44.7 billion euros, as the German press Agency confirmed on Wednesday, in coalition circles. In 2019, comprised of the Leyens Budget of 43.2 billion. They had, however, demanded for the year to 47.2 billion euros. First, Spiegel online had reported””.

There is still no agreement on the key points for the budget of 2019, it was called in coalition circles. The negotiations are not yet complete and difficult. Ultimate goal is to create a budget without new debt. The budget for the coming year should also be a topic at the Meeting of the tips of the coalition this Thursday.

In the Grand coalition had emerged conflicts, especially to the future of defense spending. Von der Leyen insists that the military spending by 2025, increase to 1.5 percent of gross domestic product – today roughly 50 billion Euro.

Because of the economic downturn, Scholz expects that the tax revenue the Federal government fails by 2020 are significantly lower. In a template of the budget state Secretary Werner Gatzer to the other ministries from the beginning of February, it was said, it is 24.7 billion euros are missing in the medium-term financial plan to 2023. The Federal government had reduced its growth forecast for 2019, the last significantly.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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