For the Netherlands, NATO Participation Is as Important as Defense Spending

For the Netherlands, NATO Participation Is as Important as Defense Spending
Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 military fighter jets and German Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets participate in NATO’s Baltic air policing mission, Lithuania, April 25, 2017 (AP photo by Mindaugas Kulbis).

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series about NATO members’ contributions to and relationships with the alliance. This year, troops from the Netherlands arrived in Lithuania to participate in a German-led battalion that is part of a broader NATO effort to bolster defenses near Russia; similar battalions are deploying in Poland, Latvia and Estonia. The deployment coincides with rising support within the Netherlands to increase defense spending, which was scaled back during the first half of this decade. Both developments reflect the realization, in the Netherlands and across Europe, that European militaries need to ramp up efforts […]

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