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Germany's SPD rejects NATO spending target: It is wrong goal

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Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) rejected NATO's target of spending 2 percent of national output on defence.

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They accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservatives of kowtowing to the demands of U.S. President Donald Trump.

With Germans set to vote in a national election next month, SPD leader Martin Schulz and Thomas Oppermann, who heads the centre-left party in parliament, issued their strongest criticism to date of Merkel, the NATO spending target and Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen.

"We say a clear no to the 'two-percent target' of Trump and the CDU/CSU," the two leaders wrote in an essay for the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain, referring to Merkel's Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party.

"It's not only unrealistic, it is simply the wrong goal," they said, in comments aimed at differentiating the SPD from Merkel's conservatives after four years in a "grand coalition".


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