Scholz defends military spending in budget, promises €80 billion by 2028

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has pledged to keep spending on the German armed forces on track after the terms of a preliminary budget deal for 2025 agreed on Friday included a modest increase for the Bundeswehr.

Scholz said the Bundeswehr’s regular budget will amount to €80 billion ($87 billion) after 2028, when the special €100 billion emergency fund for the armed forces — agreed after Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022 — is exhausted.

The Chancellor said the €80 billion would ensure Germany met NATO’s defence spending threshold of 2% of GDP.

The current regular budget of the Bundeswehr amounts to €52 billion. The new budget deal, which Scholz agreed upon together with Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck and Finance Minister Christian Lindner, have proposed a €1.2 billion increase for the Bundeswehr, which is far lower than the €6 billion increase demanded by Defence Minister Boris Pistorius.

Scholz defended the deal in Berlin on Friday morning, saying: “It is about a strong defense, a strong Bundeswehr that provides protection against the aggressive rulers of our time.”

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R), German Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck (C) and German Finance Minister Christian Lindner attend a press conference on the 2025 budget. The coalition parties have agreed on a draft budget. Kay Nietfeld/dpaGerman Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R), German Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck (C) and German Finance Minister Christian Lindner attend a press conference on the 2025 budget. The coalition parties have agreed on a draft budget. Kay Nietfeld/dpa

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R), German Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck (C) and German Finance Minister Christian Lindner attend a press conference on the 2025 budget. The coalition parties have agreed on a draft budget. Kay Nietfeld/dpa

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R), German Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck (C) and German Finance Minister Christian Lindner attend a press conference on the 2025 budget. The coalition parties have agreed on a draft budget. Michael Kappeler/dpaGerman Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R), German Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck (C) and German Finance Minister Christian Lindner attend a press conference on the 2025 budget. The coalition parties have agreed on a draft budget. Michael Kappeler/dpa

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R), German Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck (C) and German Finance Minister Christian Lindner attend a press conference on the 2025 budget. The coalition parties have agreed on a draft budget. Michael Kappeler/dpa

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