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Gunnar Jonsson: 70-year-old Nato deserves a proper salute

Actually, the anniversary is celebrated with heads of state and a week of festivities in Washington. Fixed when Donald Trump shows up on Natomöten the risk that

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Gunnar Jonsson: 70-year-old Nato deserves a proper salute

Actually, the anniversary is celebrated with heads of state and a week of festivities in Washington. Fixed when Donald Trump shows up on Natomöten the risk that they will degenerate into public quarrel. It had to do with the foreign ministers gather on his birthday on 4 april.

Yet 70 years is a respectable age for a defensive alliance which has also done a great deal. When the Soviet union collapsed and the cold war could be added to the documents claimed although many of Nato's idea was forfeited. It soon proved to be new tasks in the Balkans, in Afghanistan and in Africa.

the completion of the story. The EU has played an important role for peace, but without Nato and the backbone of the united states had the necessary muscles are lacking. After the fall of the berlin wall, it was no coincidence that the eastern europeans wanted to enter Nato first. Under Putin, Russia has re-positioned up and become increasingly aggressive. Attacks on Georgia and Ukraine have forced Nato to go back to the roots.

What president Trump tweet is one thing, what the U.S. is doing another.

at the same time, new tensions have arisen. Trump is not the only one oroshärden.

John F Kennedy to Barack Obama have complained that the european states do not contribute sufficiently to Nato. The difference with Trump is both the angry tone and, secondly, that he has paired the money with the mutual försvarsgarantier which is the alliance's heart. During the election campaign he called on the outdated. He has threatened to pull out of Nato and pull out of the trade war against its members.

But what Trump tweet is one thing, what the U.S. is doing another. Until the Crimea was the americans were fatter in retreat from Europe. Then began the Obama reverse the flow, and it has continued under successor. More dollars being spent again on european security, the soldiers and aircraft are increasing in number. In the Baltic states and Poland, Nato has drawn the tripwires for Russia in the form of four battle groups.

And in congress is rare cross-party consensus that Nato is worth defending.

if Europe's defence spending. Still can only manage six member states except the united states the target of 2 per cent of gdp, which was adopted at the Nato summit in 2014 and that would be achieved within ten years.

Germany, the EU's giant, it is big problembarnet. Despite increases in euro to be only 1.3 per cent of gdp to defence. Promises 1.5%, to 2024, and the budget forecast says that it will be of. Excuses are all possible, they should count differently, the social democrats do not want to, etc. A and another fransos is reminded of the 1900s, the harp is not on the German rustningsprojekt.

for his own strength, Germany needs to be with. That this is inevitable is Trump not alone to think in the united states. The importance of the transatlantic link is, the americans need to devote more attention to the emerging China.

China is also a factor that the europeans can't ignore. Just as the united states is stronger against Beijing if you take the aid of their allies instead of chikanera them, so Europe must ask themselves what they can help with.

the dilemma for Nato and Europe. It is not enough that president Erdogan has hijacked the democracy and freedom of expression. In addition, he has made up with Putin about to purchase a Russian air defence system which, of course, not possible to combine with Nato. The united states has halted the delivery of new fighter jets. If Turkey deserterar out in the periphery imposes the further requirements in Europe.

Sweden is still in a strange position. We lean heavily towards military cooperation with the united states and make all of Nato except to be a member. But thus we can not trust that the alliance will come if we cry. The social democrats refuse to release itself from the neutralitetsmyten, but recognizing that Nato is indispensable for Europe's defense.

or the ever-peaceful. A functioning defence alliance is good to have. Happy birthday, Nato.

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