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Since taking office on January 20, President Trump has continued to put pressure on his NATO allies. German Chancellor Merkel faced it when going to Washington. The objective is for the members of the Organization to spend at least 2% of their GDP in military expenditure in order to contribute actively to NATO missions (defense and anti-terrorism), the United States considering they pay the defense of their allies without return from them. The United States has also voted a defense budget for next year up 10%.
In an informal meeting in front of journalists at the summit held by the Organization today in Brussels, President Trump reminded President Macron of his request that France also increase its defense budget.
For its part, Luxembourg has already foreseen an increase in its military budget from 0.4% of GDP in 2016 to 0.6% of GDP in 2020, a 50% increase in 4 years but still far from requested 2% target. This budgetary effort will be devoted to the recruitment and purchase of equipment, drones and helicopters. Luxembourg is also involved in the purchase of an A400M jointly with other NATO members and is expected to land at Findel airport in 2019.
After the inauguration of the new NATO headquarters in Brussels today, one of the aims of the summit is to set the modalities for NATO’s participation in the fight against Daesh/Islamic State.
It will then need to define the role of Luxembourg in this new mission of the Organization.
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