Pay The Billions You Owe Germany.

Graham Charles Lear
3 min readDec 5, 2019

This was President Trump yesterday in London, for the NATO summit

“If Germany as an example is paying 1%, and they are supposed to be paying 2 per cent, you are talking about billions of dollars. Well, that means that last year, the year before, the year before, all of those years, they would owe us money.

“Nobody has ever brought that up. They just keep talking about the present. So if they are short one year and then you go into the new year, they never talk about the year they didn’t pay. But they actually, in theory, owe us that money. It’s not fair. It’s not fair.”

President Trump went on to threaten Germany if it does not increase defence spending:

“Otherwise, if they don’t want to, I’ll have to do something with respect to trade.”

So just how many billions does Germany owe?

That's a very good question. Let us all look at the latest figures from NATO, the data is only from the last five years. However, the lack of investment from not just Germany on defence sadly reflects on most of the EU27.

So with that in mind here is what Germany owes for the last five years along with the rest of the parasites. it's mind-boggling and they have been getting away with it for decades. Remember also that past US president have let them get away with this highway robbery.

The $147 billion dollars German defence deficit

In the last five years alone, Germany has underspent on defence by -$147 billion dollars

In the same period, the UK has spent $16.2 billion MORE on defence than the required NATO minimum

The other EU members of NATO have underspent on defence by a total of -$446 billion dollars

And of all of this is only in the last 5 years, not including the decades before that.

The new EU Commission President was German Defence Minister for all this time

Presiding over the massive underspend on defence by Germany in those five years was Ursula von der Leyen. Frau von der Leyen is now the new EU Commission President, replacing Jean-Claude Juncker.

President Trump uses shorthand to communicate with ordinary voters. His messages are often ridiculed by the mainstream media who prefer long and sophisticated arguments. These arguments often confuse the public, as they are intended to.

The flavour of the month is that President Trump doesn’t understand that NATO member countries do not “pay into NATO”, but invest in their defence spending which forms part of the overall defence capability of the Alliance. Of course, he knows this.

Many of the articles on NATO in the mainstream media in recent days have been about the payments towards NATO’s administrative costs. These are minuscule in comparison with the real figures at the debate.

NATO members are supposed to spend a minimum of 2% of their GDP on defence, and 20% of their total defence spending should be on equipment.

When the US President takes EU countries to the task — especially the EU’s largest economy Germany — he is quite right to do so. And when he claims that these countries should be held responsible for their lack of expenditure on defence for decades, I not only agree but want both monetary and goods sanctions put on every country both in the EU and outside it. They, after all, have not only broken the contract they all signed, but also put every life in danger both in North America and in Europe

In the last five years alone, the US spent 1.4 TRILLION dollars MORE than the NATO minimum. Germany spent $147 billion dollars LESS than the NATO minimum. If I was summing up in front of any judge my last words to the judge would be.


[ Sources: NATO official figures | EU Commission ]



Graham Charles Lear

What is life without a little controversy in it? Quite boring and sterile would be my answer.