GERMANY TO MATCH US CONTRIBUTION TO NATO BUDGET




Selin ATAY-TDO-A week before their 70th anniversary summit in London, the 29 NATO member states agreed to changes in how the military alliance's costs are covered, as a result of Donald Trump pressures.

From 2021, Germany will increase its contribution to the NATO budget to be in line with what the US pays. NATO officials hope the move will diffuse tensions surrounding the cost of maintaining the military alliance. 

"It is true that we have agreed on a new formula for sharing spending in the NATO common budget. Accordingly, the United States will pay less and Germany more. Each of the two countries will pay about 16 percent of the NATO budget, with the rest divided among other allies." NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

Stoltenberg repeated his view that without the United States, the European Union could not defend Europe alone, while talking about further modernizing the' strong ' alliance.

Starting in 2021, the share of the NATO budget covered by Germany will increase from 14.8% to 16.35%, while the share covered by the US will decrease from 22.1% to 16.35%.

The new agreement means Germany's annual contribution to the NATO budget will increase by about €33 million, while the US will save around €120 million.

"All allies have agreed a new cost-sharing formula. Under the new formula, cost shares attributed to most European allies and Canada will go up, while the US share will come down. This is an important demonstration of allies' commitment to the alliance and to fairer burden-sharing." a NATO official told on Thursday.


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