Defence budgets set to dominate summit
December 3, 2019 - As NATO leaders gather in London to mark the alliance’s 70th birthday, U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to renew demands that European allies and Canada step up defence spending.
Trump has repeatedly criticised fellow NATO members and complained that too few nations are on track to meet the alliance goal of spending at least 2% of GDP on defence by 2024.
Nine countries are projected to meet the 2% benchmark this year — the U.S. with about 3.4%, Greece, Britain, Bulgaria, Estonia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania — up from three nations in 2014. Germany will spend 1.35%, ranking it 17th, but it aims to hit 1.5% by the deadline. Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg spend less than 1%.
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