Germany: probably won't reach 2% defence spending goal this year

The German national flag flies in front of Reichstag building in Berlin
The German national flag flies in front of the Reichstag building, the seat of the lower house of the parliament Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, April 5, 2022. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo

BERLIN, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Germany will likely not meet its goal of spending 2% of GDP on defence spending this year and it remains to be seen whether it will manage to do so next year, a government spokesperson said on Monday.

Berlin wants to reach the goal in this legislative period, the spokesperson told a regular government news conference, adding that Chancellor Olaf Scholz had not yet taken a position on discussions about increasing the NATO 2% spending target.

"It is true that we will probably not reach the 2% target this year - there are various indicators that play a role in this - even for next year it is open at this point in time," the spokesperson said.

Reporting by Rachel More and Paul Carrel

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