NATO Allies Far Behind Trump’s Spending Demands

Posted on March 14, 2019 10:29 am
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European NATO allies increased defense expenditure in 2018, with big rises in the Baltics, Poland and the Netherlands, according to new figures.

But while Canadian spending fell, Germany’s lagged and only six of NATOs 30 members, excluding the US, met the spending target demanded by President Donald Trump.

Germany’s spending actually rose last year but remained stable relative to growing gross domestic product (GDP). Berlin has previously attracted the brunt of Trump’s claims of freeloading by European NATO members.

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