Trump claims NATO victory after “go it alone” ultimatum

By Robin Emmott, Jeff Mason and Alissa de Carbonnel BRUSSELS, July 12 : Donald Trump gave an angry ultimatum to European allies on Thursday, warning a NATO summit they could lose US support and sparking crisis talks which the US president said produced big new defence spending pledges. Other leaders, however, played down the extent […]

After Trump’s spending demands, NATO summit turns to Afghanistan

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, July 12 : NATO leaders will try on Thursday to move beyond U.S. President Donald Trump’s demands for higher defence spending, and focus on ending the long war in Afghanistan, in the second day of a summit in Brussels underscored by transatlantic tensions. On a trip that will also take Trump […]

NATO formally invites Macedonia to join alliance

By Humeyra Pamuk BRUSSELS, July 11 : NATO leaders agreed on Wednesday to invite Macedonia to begin accession talks to join the Western alliance, extending its reach in the Balkans in defiance of Russia following a landmark accord with Greece over the ex-Yugoslav republic’s name. Macedonia will become NATO’s 30th member state, though its people […]

At NATO, abrasive Trump lashes Germany for being Russian “captive”

By Jeff Mason and Sabine Siebold BRUSSELS, July 11 : US President Donald Trump accused Germany of being a “captive” of Russia on Wednesday as Western leaders gathered in Brussels for a NATO summit where Trump wants Europeans to pay up more for their own defence. In a startling public outburst against the NATO heavweight, […]