In Brief: Germany’s new Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer pledges to increase military spending

On Wednesday, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said Germany’s military spending should be increased over the next several years to meet the NATO target, which is 2% of the country’s GDP.

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On Wednesday, CDU party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was sworn in as the new Defense Minister. In her inaugural speech, Kramp-Karrenbauer talked about investing more in military spending.

She said the funds provided by the German government must be visibly invested in personnel and equipment “faster and more efficiently” than before, adding that it’s important for major projects that are urgently needed – “projects that we’re developing together with our European partners.”

Kramp-Karrenbauer also supports increasing Germany’s military spending to the NATO target, which is 2% of the country’s gross domestic product, or GDP.

Parliamentarians were called back to Berlin during their summer break for this special session of the Bundestag.

FDP leader Christian Lindner tweeted that the session should have been held in September so the costs and CO2 it took to pull lawmakers from their vacations could have been saved.


In the town of Zittau in Saxony Tuesday night, an explosive was detonated at the house of Ramona Gehring, a politician from die Linke. Several windows were broken.

Gehring, a town councilwoman, said she was “deeply shocked” by the incident and it was only by chance that nobody was injured.

Officials from a special counter-terrorism and right-wing extremisim unit are investigating alongside state police.

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