The Union responded with understanding to the Drohnung of the American Ambassador, Richard Grenell, with a troop withdrawal from Germany – the SPD and the greens, however, are outraged.

The foreign policy spokesman of the Union faction, Jürgen Hardt (CDU), said the “world” that the USA would be irritated by “significantly” over the medium term, non-rising defence expenditure in Germany.

The goal of two percent of gross domestic product spending, will be significantly missed. If Germany does not want to participate in addition to the U.S. military mission to protect the merchant shipping in the Persian Gulf, whether it is at least necessary to relieve the a Partner elsewhere.

SPD-Secretary-General Lars Klingbeil called Grenells of Expression in the “Augsburger Allgemeine” (Saturday) grotesque. “We allow ourselves to be Americans, not blackmail.” The Deputy defense spokesman of the SPD parliamentary group, Thomas Hitschler, keeps Grenells threat but a reality. On a recent trip to the USA, all of the interview partners in the Senate, the house of representatives and the Pentagon would have praised Germany’s defence of political commitment. Hardt pointed out that the Americans have put a huge investment in their infrastructure, which would be a deduction obsolete.

Grenell had told the German press Agency: “It is to be expected really offensive that the US taxpayer paid more than 50 000 Americans in Germany, but the Germans use their trade surplus for domestic purposes.” For many years, U.S. presidents have asked the largest economy in Europe, to pay for their own defense. Now it had reached the point where the US would have to respond. Germany has troops in Europe, the country with the most deployed American.

The Greens strongly criticised. “Friends and partners is not to be so,” said the defence policy group spokeswoman Agnieszka Brugger of the düsseldorf “Rheinische Post” (Saturday). Your colleague Tobias Lindner told the “Passauer Neue Presse” (Saturday): “spend money for the sake of spending Money is not a smart defence and Alliance policy.”

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