Sunday 16 February 2020

Germany's role in NATO and the world

Interesting DW segment explains Germany's role in NATO and the world. This DW Documentary shows that the world has become more insecure and a new arms race seems to be coming. Disarmament treaties are lapsing. It seems that existing alliances are crumbling. Germany is preparing for future situations. It's highly likely that the Bundeswehr will invest more and more into defense. Global challenges are out there.

This video mentions that the USA accuses the Germans of recklessly jeopardizing the alliance’s future. At 3 successive summits since 2014, the German government promised to bring its defense spending closer into line with the 2 percent of gross domestic product laid down in the NATO Treaty. However, it now expects it to be around 1.35 percent of GDP in 2019. If Germany refuses to honor its pledge, this will have long-term consequences for NATO capabilities and solidarity. Some think that it is not impossible for the USA under Donald Trump to even leave NATO.

Germany is a rich Country in Europe. Germany is a Western European country with a beautiful landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and North Sea beaches. Berlin is the capital of Germany. The population of Germany is 82.79 million (2018) (Eurostat). The Currency is the Euro.

The economy of Germany is a highly developed social market economy. Germany is the largest national economy in Europe. Germany is the 4th-largest by nominal GDP in the world. Germany is also a founding member of the European Union and the Eurozone. The top 10 exports of Germany are vehicles, machinery, chemical goods, electronic products, electrical equipment, pharmaceuticals, transport equipment, basic metals, food products, and rubber and plastics.

Recently, the coronavirus has slowed down Europe's economy. Recently, over 100 people were released from virus quarantine in Germany. These German nationals were on Sunday released from quarantine at a military base near Frankfurt airport. This is two weeks after flying in from the Chinese city of Wuhan, epicentre of the deadly unfortunate coronavirus outbreak.

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