Germany plans to increase defense spending

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks after she received a

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks after she received a"Peace Lamp award from the Catholic monks at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi

President Donald Trump gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel a tour of the White House that included a sneak peek at his bedroom, according to the us ambassador to Germany.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the country is committed to fulfilling its worldwide responsibilities.

On May 11, Merkel criticized the decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw the United States from the agreement with Iran, as she said, 'it is wrong to unilaterally cancel a pact unanimously approved by the Security Council of United Nations'.

Dissent is growing within Merkel's "grand coalition" between her conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats over how quickly to boost military spending towards the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target.

In an address Monday, Germany's defense minister said the government will allocate 1.5-percent of gross domestic product by 2025.

Finance minister Olaf Scholz has so far rebuffed such calls by his cabinet colleague, arguing that higher spending does not automatically translate to a better defense strategy. Von der Leyen, a member of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party, has insisted that the military needs more funding.

"The 2 percent is not a fetish that has nothing to do with the Bundeswehr, but it is necessary to allow us to fulfil the requirements of our worldwide deployments, plus the need for homeland and alliance defence", Merkel said. "However, transatlantic relations have to overcome the difference in approaches in these very days, first of all, against the backdrop of the USA withdrawal from the treaty with Iran", she added.

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