Defensiebudgetten zullen top domineren
December 3, 2019 - NAVO-leiders zijn in Londen bijeen ter gelegenheid van het 70-jarig bestaan van de alliantie. President Donald Trump zal naar verwachting zijn eis herhalen dat de Europese bondgenoten en Canada hun defensie-uitgaven opschroeven.
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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