German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced that his country will have Europe’s largest conventional army as part of NATO, thanks to the huge funds that Berlin has decided to invest in strengthening its military potential.
In an interview with the public broadcaster ARD after the G7 summit, Schultz said that today Germany, along with the United States, is “undoubtedly the biggest contributor” to NATO.
He added that “within the framework of NATO, the largest conventional army in Europe is being built, and this is important for the defense capability of the entire NATO.”
He continued: “We will spend an average of 70 to 80 billion euros a year on defense”, stressing that this huge investment will make Germany “the country with the most investment” in this area.
He pointed out that his country, which has the largest economy on the European continent, seeks to ensure the protection of its territories and the fulfillment of its obligations to NATO behind these investments.