BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is committed to NATO targets to lift defence spending, her spokesman said on Wednesday after her finance minister unveiled a budget that would see lower spending as a proportion of economic output in 2022.
Asked if he saw a contradiction in the NATO commitment and the government’s budget plans, spokesman Steffen Seibert said:
“I see no conflict. I see an acknowledgement of the NATO goal, I see development in this direction.”
“This clear increase needs to be continued,” he added.
Reporting by Madeline Chambers and Michelle Martin