Germany to have biggest NATO army in Europe – Scholz — Analysis

Berlin invests 100 billion Euro in its military. This would allow it to have the biggest NATO army in Europe.

Germany’s plan to invest a whopping 100 billion euro ($107.35 billion) in its military will allow it to significantly expand its fighting force, Chancellor Olaf Scholz told local media on Monday. He said that the German army will be the most powerful in Europe, among NATO members.

The pledge, which the German leader made in an interview with several German newspapers, came after the country’s major parliament factions agreed on Sunday night to a special exemption necessary to borrow the money and invest it in the military.

The ruling coalition needed the support of opposition lawmakers to secure two thirds of the votes to adopt the decision, which requires an amendment of Germany’s Basic Law. Actual voting is scheduled to occur before the summer recess.

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Scholz applauded the bill’s passage on Twitter. She stated that additional billions would make the Bundeswehr a fighting force. “can fulfill its defense mission better than ever before.” The chancellor proposed creating the special military fund in February, days after Russia’s attack against Ukraine.

Germany currently has the fourth-largest military force among NATO members, but the bloc’s biggest armies are fielded by non-European nations the US and Turkey. It will need to surpass France in army strength to deliver on Scholz’s pledge. Global Firepower Index data shows that France has 240,000 military personnel (active and reserve), compared with 199,000 in Germany.

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