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The Trump administration wants Europe to pay more to defend itself. It's not that easy.

Feb 03, 2017 - Washington Post Blogs

President Trump's reassurances last week to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May that the North American Treaty Organization (NATO) was not, in fact, "obsolete" are unlikely to have Europe taking up more of the defense burden, at least in the short term.

As discussed here in the Monkey Cage, national security adviser Michael T. Flynn wants to see other NATO members pay more of the cost of defending Europe. It's not a new pitch, but such calls neglect the budgetary, financial and political barri...