Berlin (dpa) – the CDU-Boss Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has a clear goal of Nato, two percent of the gross domestic product for defense spending.

“It’s about mutual trust. There is also the question of whether Germany is a reliable Partner,” she said at the German-American conference, Atlantik-Brücke and the American Council on Germany in Berlin. The Two-percent target is also important because it is a Signal States of the Nato in Eastern Europe, which feel that Russia is threatened. The have to do “something with a European cohesion”.

The Nato decided at its summit in Wales in 2014, each member state should converge to 2024 the goal of two percent for defense spending. The Federal government has promised to come up to this date, to 1.5 per cent. In the medium-term financial planning that is not shown so far. In 2014, the Federal government gave up 1.18 percent of the GDP for defence.

Kramp-Karrenbauer stressed that the defense would have to expenditure from private German interests, and increases. “This has nothing to do with President Trump, that has nothing to do with Nato, it has something to do with duty of care for our soldiers,” she said. She also campaigned to make the European pillar in Nato is as strong as the North American. It is also in the interest of the Americans to have a strong Europe. Currently, the United States for two-thirds of the defence spending of Nato.

dpa