German election effect on defence unclear so far

27 September 2017

Key Points

  • Germany's 24 September federal election has thrown a question mark over the country's direction of travel regarding defence
  • It seems unlikely that Germany will match the NATO-stipulated level of 2% of GDP to be spent on defence

The results of Germany's federal election on 24 September on the country's armed forces, the Bundeswehr's budget, and European defence efforts currently seems somewhat difficult to determine.

With current Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats coming first, candidate Martin Schulz of the Social Democrats declared his party would not continue as junior partner in a continuation of the current ruling Grand Coalition with the Christian Democrats and would enter the opposition instead.

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