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German defense minister says no plans for creating EU army

November 23, 2016, 19:32 UTC+3 BERLIN

According to the German defense ministry’s draft budget, over €37 bln will be allocated to the defense and security spheres

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German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen

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BERLIN, November 23. /TASS/. The possible creation of an EU army is not currently under consideration, German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen said while presenting the ministry’s 2017 draft budget at the Bundestag (German parliament).

"We are not talking about a European army, I want to emphasize that," she said. According to the minister, the EU authorities have been discussing coordination in such spheres as sanitary and logistics services.

At the same time, the German defense minister stated that the EU "should advance the defense and security issues" in order to be able to tackle the challenges coming from the neighboring regions.

According to the German defense ministry’s draft budget, over €37 bln will be allocated to the defense and security spheres which accounts for 1.22% of the country’s GDP. At the same time, the defense ministry plans to double budget allocations to cyber security bringing them up to €400 mln.

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