US ambassador accuses Germany of ‘undermining’ NATO on nuclear, dw.com/en

The head of US intelligence and ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, has said that Berlin is not honoring its commitments to its allies. Russian and Chinese aggression are not just relics of the past, he said. […]

The ambassador said that if German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, a member of the SPD, wants Germany to be “a power for peace,” as he claims, “instead of undermining the solidarity that forms the basis of NATO’s nuclear deterrence, it is now time for Germany to meet its commitments to its allies and to continuously invest in NATO’s nuclear participation.”

“The political leadership in Germany, especially that of the SPD, must make it clear that the government is keeping these promises.” […]

Two weeks ago, Rolf Mützenich, the leader of the SPD in parliament, called for the government to force the US military to remove its nuclear weapons from German territory. The US is allowed to station atomic weapons in Germany as part of a deal in which Washington provides necessary support for Germany’s military. Due to Germany’s history, defense spending is traditionally politically unpopular. Läs artikel