American President Donald Trump has long criticized Germany’s contributions to NATO for being insufficient. However, the two countries have found a compromise whereby Germany will take on more responsibility. The deal will increasingly place Europe’s security in Germany’s hands.
In a series of steps, Germany, is taking control of NATO’s European branch.
America still expects Germany to increase its own military budget, and soon Germany will provide as much to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s community budget as the United States does. In the meantime, Germany will accept more responsibility for the alliance’s management.
On October 3, on the sidelines of celebrations for the Day of German Unification in Kiel, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced that a reform on how to better distribute costs of the alliance has been agreed on.
The German Press Agency reported that staring in 2020 the Federal Republic will contribute as much money as the U.S to the alliance community cost. The U.S. share will drop from the current 22.1 percent to 15.9 percent while the German share will grow from 14.8 percent to 15.9 percent.
Contributions to the community costs are used to finance the alliance headquarters in Brussels and other military headquarters, among other things.
But while the U.S. saves costs, it also leaves security alliance increasingly in the hands of a former enemy.
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