#FactOfTheDay 11/07/2018 – NATO Summit in Brussels
Left to right: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arriving with NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemeoller

#FactOfTheDay 11/07/2018 – NATO Summit in Brussels

NATO Summit kicks off today in Brussels. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will start the meeting with an introductory press conference, waiting for the sessions that will bring together the 29 Heads of State and Government between today and tomorrow. The doorsteps of the leaders are expected on Wednesday afternoon, while a second press conference of Stoltenberg will put an end on his work at 5.15 pm. On Thursday, Allies will be joined by the leaders of Georgia and Ukraine, while a specific session will be dedicated to the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan and will see the involvement of current and potential partners.

President Donald Trump will be at the meeting.  He has largely been focusing on one issue: getting all NATO members to meet a pledge of 2% spending on defense. His main objection is that all but a handful of member states have still not increased their defence budgets to meet a goal of spending at least 2% of their annual economic output on defence by 2024.

Maria Elena Argano

For further information:

The Guardian Website: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/11/nato-summit-donald-trump-says-germany-is-captive-of-russians

The Guardian Website: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/10/europeans-brace-for-worst-from-trump-at-stormy-nato-summit

Maria Elena Argano

Après un bachelier en sciences politiques et relations internationales à l'Université de Palerme, j'ai décidé de continuer mon parcours à Bruxelles, en master de sciences politiques et relations internationales avec spécialisation paix, sécurité et conflits. En 2015, j'ai commencé mon parcours professionnel au sein de l’Institut Méditerranéen d’études internationales (IMESI). Ensuite, en 2016, pendant un an, j’ai été assistante de recherche pour le Research Unit One. Actuellement je suis coordinatrice du département consacré à la politique extérieure, sécurité et défense à l'IMESI. Chez EU-Logos, je m'occupe du portefeuille des relations extérieures et plus spécifiquement les relations entre l'UE et l'OTAN.

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