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Germany: Millions of euros spent on US military bases

BERLIN, The German government has provided ?Euros 243 million (USD 270 million) over the past seven years to support US troops based in the country.

The sum accounts for costs such as benefits for former workers and operating costs associated with maintaining buildings and other properties, said the Federal Ministry of Finance on Wednesday.

Another ?Euros 480 million in financial support has gone toward contributing to NATO-related construction costs in Germany, “almost exclusively” on account of the United States, it added.

The numbers were revealed in a parliamentary response from the Finance Ministry to the Left party, according to the ministry.

Germany is the European country where most US troops are posted, with 35,000 soldiers deployed there along with 17,000 American civilians.

Around 12,000 German civilians also work in jobs connected to the US military.

Source: Kuwait News Agency