Some governments in Europe are bracing for the conflicting demands of two key alliances: the new U.S. administration driving them to ramp up military spending even as the European Union requires that they tighten their budgets.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization calls for its members to spend 2% of their GDP on defense, with a fifth of that going to equipment. There are no sanctions for countries that fail to meet that goal.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday said members should do more, according to the NATO chief. “We both underlined the enduring importance of #NATO and increased defence spending,” Mr. Stoltenberg tweeted after a phone call with Mr. Trump.