Just a simple post for today. I want this to be as black and white as possible. I will try and add more countries as I can.
NATO is a treaty which requires that each member nation spend at least 2% of GDP on national defense.
The last time Germany spent 2% of GDP was in 1992
The last time Belgium spent 2% of GDP was in 1991
The last time Denmark spent 2% of GDP was in 1990.
The last time Canada spent 2% of GDP was 1988
The last time Netherlands spent 2% of GDP was 1993
The last time Spain spent 2% of GDP was before 1985
The last time Luxemburg spent 2% of GDP was before 1985
Italy has spent 2% of GDP 2 times in the last 25 years
The last time the Czech Republic spent 2% of the GDP was 1994
Before anyone freaks out about the US abandoning its leadership role we are not even discussing modifications of nato yet. We are just looking at the countries involved living up to the agreement they signed on to.
Just as a comparison in 2015 the US gave 75% of the NATO budget. The following are also what the US spent on defense as % of the gdp.
Trump 2016? 🙂