02 August 2018

NATO? Which NATO?

Niculae Iancu

The topic regarding NATO’s members commitment to spend 2% from GDP for defence got the attention of last month’s security public agenda. The impact of some messages on this topic, coming especially from Washington, and the concerns in the European chanceries regarding the risks of installing the lack of trusts or, even worse, the disunity in the North Atlantic Alliance, reactivated the financial considerations dedicated to defence. Yet, getting the defence spending on the first line moves the accent of common defence definitions from motivation to methods, or, in other words, from vision to resources. What will the consequences of such movement be? We will have to see if this will have an impact over NATO’s cohesion or even over its architecture, but, clearly the lack of trust has been installed, with long term effects, especially regarding the unconditional support of the people on the two Atlantic coasts to defend democracy on the euro-Atlantic space, anywhere where this would be in danger.

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