Germany expects cuts to produce savings
Germany plans a 2013 defense budget of about â‚¬33.3 billion ($43.5 billion), a â‚¬1.4-billion increase from 2012. Military pay raises will account for most of this increase. The 2013 budget includes funding for these raises, to make it more attractive to serve in the all-volunteer Bundeswehr. Personnel strength will be reduced to 196,200 soldiers in 2013, on the way to a planned maximum of 185,000. These cuts are expected to reduce the defense budget to â‚¬33 billion in 2014, and to â‚¬32.5 ...
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