German defence minister wants €12bn more for military
April 29 2018 05:31 PM
German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen


German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen wants a budget increase of €12bn ($14.6bn) on top of what her ministry was set to be allotted for 2019-2021 by the country's last finance minister.
Von der Leyen's demand is on top of what former finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble earmarked in his budget draft from last summer, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported on Sunday.
Current Finance Minister Olaf Scholz only plans to allot the military somewhere around €6bn more than Schaeuble did for the three-year period.
On Wednesday, Germany's cabinet is due to resolve the so-called benchmarks for both the 2019 budget and a broader financial framework until 2022. German lawmakers are expected to pass a budget for the coming year this autumn. 
Expenditure cuts have determined German defence policy for more than a quarter-century, but von der Leyen pledged an end to the austerity.
Critics say the government isn't providing the Bundeswehr with sufficient financing, despite a booming economy, which has left Germany's military ill-equiped.
The country's defence spending plan isn't sufficient to modernise the German army and fill gaps, von der Leyen said in March.

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