The leader of the Social democratic party of Germany and the main rival of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the upcoming elections to the Bundestag, Martin Schulz, called the President of the United States Donald trump is a destroyer of Western values. On Tuesday, may 30, according to Reuters.
“Us President undermines peaceful cooperation between countries, based on mutual respect and tolerance,” — said the German politician.
According to Schultz, “someone has to stop this man who is guided by the ideology of modernization”.
Previously, on 30 may, the White house has accused Berlin in inadequate funding of NATO.
During the may 25 summit of the countries participating in NATO trump said that 23 of the 28 States do not pay those amounts that they must contribute to the General budget of the organization, which is unfair to Americans.
According to the NATO Charter, the participating countries must be part of the overall defense budget to 2 percent of GDP, however, at present, about 70 percent of the funding at the expense of the United States.
On 20 March, the representative of the foreign Ministry of Germany Martin Schaefer said that the medium-term financial plans of Germany not include raising defense spending to 2 percent of GDP. In addition, he urged to “be realistic” in the issue of increasing military budgets.
Prior to that, trump expressed the opinion that Berlin is supposedly “owes huge sums of money, NATO and the United States,” and noted that it is necessary to pay a “powerful and very expensive defense that we provide in Germany.” According to British The Sunday Times, it was the amount of 300 billion pounds.