NATO: The Main Contributors

NATO: The Main Contributors

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Editor’s Remarks:
Though President Trump’s vocal criticism of the security alliance has been rebuffed by the US military establishment in terms of strategy – new Defense Secretary Jim ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis’, for example, has reaffirmed it as a “fundamental bedrock” to the transatlantic community – it seems to have rubbed off on his allies in financial terms. Countries such as Germany have been criticised for underspending despite running long budget surpluses, but NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has reaffirmed a commitment to pushing members towards a spending target of 2% of GDP, and said countries including Latvia and Romania are moving towards it, but others like Italy are “really struggling”. On the other hand, NATO has reported that Canada and European members increased their defence spending by around $10bn last year (a 3.8% increase on 2015), making it unclear how justified Trump would be in congratulating himself for its funding push.

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