May 2, 2018 / 12:07 PM / 3 months ago

Merkel stands by NATO defence spending target despite budget plans

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.

FILE PHOTO: Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel listens during a joint news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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

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