NEIGHBOURS NERVOUS

Start a couple of fights and right away people start to distrust you

Germany on Wednesday agreed that it needs to invest more in defence, but questioned whether Europe would accept Berlin raising its spending by tens of billions of euros to the NATO target of two percent of national output.

“Germany needs to do more, no question about it,” German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in Tallinn alongside his Estonian counterpart Sven Mikser.

“But we also have to consider whether Europe wants a Germany that invests €60 billion a year in the German army,” he told reporters.

“This would be defence supremacy in Europe and I think our neighbours would not like to see that,” said Gabriel, whose country currently spends 1.2 percent of its gross domestic product on defence.

Third time lucky?

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