U.S. might pull troops from Germany to Poland if Berlin does not increase NATO defense spending

Currently, more than 33 000 U.S. military and another 17 000 civilian employees are deployed at the military bases in Germany

The United States will be forced to relocate its military bases from Germany to Poland if Berlin does not increase defense spending. This statement was voiced by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell in response to the reluctance of the government of Angela Merkel to increase defense spending to 2% of the country’s GDP at the request of NATO, Voice of America reports.

“It is actually offensive to assume that the U.S. taxpayer must continue to pay to have 50,000-plus Americans in Germany, but the Germans get to spend their surplus on domestic programs,” Grenell told the Germany press agency DPA.

Germany intends to increase its defense spending to 1.37% in 2020, but by 2023 this figure would drop to 1.24%.

Eastern European countries such as Poland and Lithuania, fearing Russian aggression after the annexation of Ukrainian Crimea, have already increased their defense spending to 2% of their GDP, receiving praise from Donald Trump. The U.S. president wants Germany to do the same.

Now more than 33,000 U.S. military and another 17,000 civilian employees are deployed at the military bases in Germany.

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22 comments

  1. Germany don’t need NATO, they are protected by Russia. Send them to Poland, at least they appreciate NATO, and spend their 2%, while the richest country in Europe, spends a miserly 1%.

  2. Germany will never fight Russia. So kick them out. Same goes for Hungary and Italy. I’d like to dump Erdoganistan too, but that would only lead to them becoming another putlerstan satellite.

    • Meanwhile, Germany has hundreds of tanks rusting away in storage when they could be used to defend freedom and democracy by those that fought Hitler…
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        The vast majority of major weapons systems in the German military are unavailable for training exercises or deployment, according to a new German Defence Ministry report.

        Typhoon jets: 39 of 128Tornado jets: 26 of 93CH-53 transport helicopters: 16 of 72NH-90 transport helicopters: 13 of 58Tigre attack helicopters: 12 of 62A400M transport aircraft: 3 of 15Leopard 2 tanks: 105 of 224Frigates: 5 of 13Submarines: 0 out of 6

        German military is at best ineffective and at worst …. nonexistent

        • Not forgetting the brooms purchased for soldiers to train with, as they have a shortage of rifles.

          • Yeah, they sent a small,token force to Afghanistan and they were not able to deploy without American ” supervision

  3. Germans are not concerned with military spending because they have been lulled into a sense of false security while they have taken advantage of the United States for their defense for many years.
    I also believe that a strong German military reminds them of their own shameful past.
    I say, move everything to Poland where they will be appreciated and more effective right on the Russia’s border

  4. Question for the Sauerkrautes, what financial benefit does having 50.000 US military and support civillians give to the country eery year? I would expect a few $million. I would think the Poles would be ecstatic to see thatbenefit over and above the feeling of security.

    • The Polish government has offered to pay for a U.S. base.
      We are also sending a tank brigade to Poland now.
      This will be the first time in years that the U.S. has had an armored Division in Europe.

  5. So Poland pays for a base. Now sending a tank brigade will increase the manpower in country, also increasing the financial benefits to Poland. Sauerkrautes have been appeasing the demented dwarf and sending substandard emissions autos to the US. German diesel autos are not selling well, if imported. Move the base to Poland as they will appretiate the security, and financial benefits!
    The Kriminalin will complain like crazy, but what can they do about it beside starting a war they can not win?

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