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Trump shakes up Nato, gets allies to pay more

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For all the tremors that were expected with US President Donald Trump’s bromides against old allies, particularly Germany, Europe’s largest and strongest economy, the just-ended Nato summit in Brussels (July 11-12) seemed a relatively conventional affair. One can reasonably conclude that the Euro-Atlantic alliance is safe and well.

The Brussels Declaration released Thursday attests to no ruptures. Indeed, it speaks of the “vital trans-Atlantic bond” and strikes at Vladimir Putin’s Russia, just before Mr Trump heads for Helsinki, Finland, on Monday for a summit with President Putin, to the chagrin of his Western allies, for triggering instability and spreading insecurity.

On the opening day, Mr Trump........

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