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Squabbles overshadow NATO 70th anniversary summit

News Summed Up 2019-12-03 05:30:00

BELGIUM: NATO leaders gather Tuesday for a summit to mark the alliance’s 70th anniversary but with leaders feuding and name-calling over money and strategy, the mood is far from festive. NATO officials hope a managed series of spending announcements by Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg last week will appease Trump, who turned the 2018 summit on its head with furious rants at European partners. Stoltenberg pointed out on Friday that by next year, non-US allies will have increased their defence spending by $130 billion since 2016. The summit also comes at an unexpectedly awkward moment for Johnson, with Britain in the midst of a frenetic election campaign. In response, Germany has suggested setting up an expert panel to look at how NATO can be adapted to address political questions more effectively.