German Mid-term Budget Plan Insufficient For Military Senior Official


BERLIN – The German Defence Ministry views the mid-term budget plan approved by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet last week as insufficient, a senior defense official told lawmakers in a letter obtained by Reuters.

Defence State Secretary Peter Tauber said the budget plan included a significant spending increase in 2019, which took his ministry’s demands into account.

But the increases now planned for 2020-2022 would not meet the military’s requirements since they primarily covered the additional personnel costs triggered by a new contract with government workers agreed earlier this year, Tauber wrote.

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