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U.S. Allies in Europe to Boost Defense Spending for Fourth Year

  • European NATO countries to take further step toward 2% goal
  • Alliance publishes latest figures on members’ military budgets
NATO jet

Photographer: Pascal Pochard-Casabianca/AFP via Getty Images

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization said its European members would increase defense spending for a fourth consecutive year in 2019 as U.S. President Donald Trump keeps up demands on allies to expand their military budgets.

The combined defense budgets of its European member countries would average 1.58% of gross domestic product this year, up from 1.53% of GDP in 2018, NATO said in a report published on Tuesday. The levels were 1.48% in 2017 and 1.46% in 2016.