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Saturday, August 22, 2015

German parliamentary committee demands increase in military budget

Wolfgang Hellmich (Social Democratic Party, SPD)The German government’s expansion of the defence budget by €8 billion in March was merely the beginning of a massive hike in military expenditure. This is what emerges from an interview with the chairman of the German parliament’s defence committee, Wolfgang Hellmich (Social Democratic Party, SPD), published by Die Welt on Tuesday.

In the interview, Hellmich complains that the hike in spending already adopted is not at all sufficient to meet the army’s requirements. “For defence investment spending—money for the purchase of materials—only €300 million [$US 342 million]” remained “from the agreed increase,” according to Hellmich.

The overwhelming majority was being used up by growing personnel costs, and “more money [will] be required without question.”

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