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Juncker: EU should be 'soft power' amid defense pressure

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) - The head of the European Union's executive branch is stressing the importance of development aid, saying that the bloc should remain a "soft power" even as members face pressure to ramp up defense spending.

NATO has for years urged members to increase defense spending to reach a target of 2 percent of gross domestic product, and the issue has been seized upon recently by U.S. President Donald Trump.

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursda

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