Germany vows to be cornerstone of conventional defence in Europe | Details
Haunted by World Wars, Germany has trod lightly & quietly on global military conflicts. Since the end of the Cold War, Germany has significantly reduced its troop strength. 5,00,000 troop strength at the time of reunification (1990) v/s about 2,00,000 today. German govt vowed to transform the nation's military into the 'best equipped' in Europe. 100-Billion-Euro fund to beef up military defences & offset decades of underfunding. Germany, Europe's biggest economy, will also raise military spending to 2% of GDP.