PM appeals to Germany to increase defence spending

Polish PM has appealed to Berlin to increase a proportion of its defence spending as “Germany's defence outlays did not correspond with its obligations.”

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“Germany should increase its spending on defence much faster,” Mateusz Morawiecki told the German dailies published by the Funke group, including “Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung” and “Berliner Morgenpost”.

The Polish PM emphasised that in 2014 NATO countries had obliged themselves to spend at least two percent of their GDP on defence. “This applies to everyone,” he said.

Mr Morawiecki also talked about the increase in the number of NATO troops in Poland. He said that it should not be done at the cost of their presence in Germany, as this is not an “‘either or’ question.”

“We need a NATO base in Ramstein and we need a new permanent NATO base in Poland.”