EUROPE IS NOT WITH TRUMP ON INCREASING NATIONAL BUDGET CONTRIBUTIONS TO NATO


18/02/2017




İlknur Şebnem Öztemel – TDO -In Munich Security Conference, U.S. Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis, warned North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies that they must honor military spending pledges to make sure the United States does not moderate its support.

In response to him, European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, said that Europe must not obey to American demands to raise military spendingbecause development and humanitarian aid could also count as security.

He gave the example that Germany would no longer have a budget surplus if it increased defense spending to 2 percent of GDP from 1.22 percent. He said, "I don't like our American friends narrowing down this concept of security to the military." He added arguing it would be sensible to look at a "modern stability policy" made up of several components.

He added "If you look at what Europe is doing in defense, plus development aid, plus humanitarian aid, the comparison with the United States looks rather different. Modern politics cannot just be about rising defense spending’’.

He concluded his words as "Europeans must bundle their defense spending better and spend the money more efficiently’’.

Burden share is a huge problem that each international organization face. From the beginning of his campaign, President Trump  has criticized other member states to contribute more on the organization’s budget and even threatened them as US would not help to secure them unless they do something in return. 


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