Germany will miss its self-declared target for defence spending of 1,5% of GDP, which in itself is well below the official NATO 2% target, the Financial Times reported on 18 March.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel notified NATO last year that it will raise the German military budget to 1.5% of GDP by 2024. That reduced target was, however, called into question by the Social Democrat finance minister Olaf Scholz, who is questioning whether Germany should commit to increased military spending.

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