Defense spending levels have been a major bone of contention for US President Donald Trump ever since he took office. As a result, there are strained ties with NATO as the alliance marks 70 years since its founding.
For decades, Germany's Defense Ministry has been plagued by scandals, from far-right extremists in the ranks to broken military equipment. Can Merkel's heir apparent Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer improve its image?
In a speech, the head of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, spoke of Afghanistan, defense spending and the threat of a 'new Cold War.' The defense alliance is celebrating its 70th anniversary.
NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has met with US President Donald Trump in Washington ahead of the alliance's 70th anniversary. Trump Germany's contributions have been a point of discussion.
NATO's unresolved long-term issues won't go away. But on its 70th anniversary event in the US capital, the trans-Atlantic alliance at least received the timely affirmation that broader Washington is behind it.
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