Daniel Michaels of The Wall Street Journal is reporting that NATO members who boosted defense budgets are urging laggards to do more as criticism from Donald Trump, the front-runner in America’s GOP primary, is causing some unrest with insufficient military spending in Europe. Michaels writes:
The prospect of Donald Trump returning as president is prompting some of America’s staunchest allies in Europe to push their neighbors that are more reluctant to spend into further action on defense and security.
Results are slowly emerging, but the question dogging Europe is whether the continent can convince Trump it isn’t free-riding, as he has said it is. Campaigning in Las Vegas on Saturday, Trump criticized Europeans for insufficient military spending. […]
“We have to reorganize ourselves so we don’t work along national lines,” said Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren, criticizing nationalism in Europe’s defense industry. “We have to find new ways to meet our target.”
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