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Germans want more defense spending – POLITICO


However, two-thirds believe commitments to expand the military under the Zeitenwende modernization drive announced by Chancellor Olaf Scholz following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine haven’t been delivered.

In total, 57 percent of those surveyed back the government’s plan to invest 2 percent or more of GDP in defense to meet the target set by NATO, but they were split over whether to scrap the country’s debt rules to spend more lavishly.

Fifty-eight percent were positive about building out NATO’s eastern flank — including sending a German brigade to Lithuania.

“The population is apparently taking the worsening security situation very seriously,” said Wolfgang Zink, a partner at PwC Germany.

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