Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to increase Germany's military spending (Image: GETTY)
Her proposal would to boost the country’s armed force, the Bundeswehr would cost Berlin tens of billions of euros more. Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer, who last year succeeded Angela Merkel as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), said the government would try to implement the change but it would “not be achieved overnight”. The SPD, the junior party in Mrs Merkel’s governing coalition, has criticised her announcement and said it would to allow Donald Trump to dictate how much nations should spend on military.
In an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer said the country “really needs to move in this direction”.
She said “as the minister and party leader” she would put forward the proposal to the Cabinet and a coalition committee.
President Trump has been a vocal critic of fellow NATO members who continue to fail to meet their spending pledges.
In 2018 the US comprised 69 percent of overall defence spending despite the American GDP making up less than half of NATO’s overall economy.