Despite Promises to Trump, NATO, Germany to Miss Defence Spending Target

Having already admitted it would fail to meet the two per cent of GDP spent on defence it promised in 2014, Germany is now set to likely miss even its reduced target in news that will doubtless do nothing to ease tensions between Chancellor Merkel and U.S. President Trump, who is pushing for fellow NATO members to pull their own weight. 

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Britain Under Pressure from Trump Administration to Boost Defence Spending After NATO Comments

The United Kingdom government is coming under pressure to increase defence spending from the United States, in revelations that come days after President Donald J. Trump vented frustration over the NATO military alliance and Trump Ambassador Rick Grenell revealed that moving European nations to contribute more to their own defence was a key priority for the administration.


Exclusive — Grenell: NATO Allies Unprepared, Not Meeting Commitments

BERLIN, Germany: Tackling NATO nations failing to meet their alliance obligations is a key priority for President Trump, his right-hand-man in Europe has revealed in major and unprecedented remarks on the credibility of the military of the European Union’s largest economy.

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Britain and Poland Sign Defence Treaty Ahead of Brexit

WARSAW (AFP) – Poland and Britain signed a new defence treaty on Thursday as Prime Minister Theresa May sought to deepen ties with Warsaw ahead of her country’s exit from the EU by March 2019.

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European, Arab States join Israel and U.S. in Major Air Forces Exercise

The Israeli air force is among four other nations participating in a joint exercise that began yesterday in Greece. The Iniohos 2017 exercise, which is being hosted at Greece’s Andravida Air Base, will be a “complex exercise” according to the Greek Air Force and will include fighter planes from the US, Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Italy and Greece.


Slaying of Romanian Thief Fuels Italy’s Debate on Legitimate Defence

ROME (AP) – Italian opposition politicians from the far right populist parties and other conservative forces on Sunday demanded a new law quickly on legitimate defence to protect law-abiding citizens. The debate was fueled after a restaurant owner was put


Veterans for Britain: UK Must Have No Part in EU Military HQ

Veterans for Britain has reiterated its concern the UK is being entangled in advanced plans for European military integration despite the Brexit vote, following the semi-official announcement of an ad hoc European Union (EU) military headquarters.


Britain Failed to Meet NATO Spending Target, Says Think Tank

The United Kingdom failed to meet its defence spending obligations to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance in 2016, according to the respected International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).


France, Australia Sign Off Major £30 Billion Stealth Submarine Deal

AFP — France and Australia will sign a multi-billion dollar deal — which Paris has billed as the “contract of the century” — for 12 state-of-the-art submarines, their defence ministers said on Monday. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and France’s Minister


Revealed: Europe’s Multi-Billion Joint Defence Budget

The European Union has unveiled its biggest defence research plan in more than a decade, reversing cuts amounting to billions of Euros, in a bid to prove to President-elect Donald Trump that it plans to pay for its own security.

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EU Agrees Defence Budget Increase as Britain Lifts Block

(REUTERS) – The European Union agreed on Tuesday to increase its military research budget for the first time since 2010 after Britain softened its opposition, a breakthrough that may signal British support for defence co-operation even once outside the bloc.