Germany is wrestling with whether it needs nuclear weapons, in the face of a potential Russia-NATO war. 

It is concerned that the United States cannot be relied on as a security partner if Donald Trump is re-elected.

Earlier this month, a series of German officials raised the idea of developing an European nuclear deterrent, after Mr Trump’s recent remarks encouraging Vladimir Putin to attack NATO states that do not meet spending commitments.

Among them was Christian Lindner, the German finance minister, Friedrich Merz, the CDU opposition leader, and Katarina Barley, a senior member of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s SDP party.

‘We should see the latest comments by Donald Trump as a demand to think more about this element of European security within NATO’ , said Ms Barley.

[Photo: of Christian Lindner by Claus Kuhn from Pixabay]