UK IS ONLY EU COUNTRY TO BEAT NATO 2018 DEFENCE TARGETS

Graham Charles Lear
3 min readFeb 11, 2019

Let's examine who is really standing up for peace in Europe.

The EU is forever claiming to be responsible for peace in Europe, and this claim is still repeated by Remainers in the UK.

“For centuries, Europe was a continent of war. However, after the Second World War, the European Union has become a most successful peace project, being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012. Today the EU’s ambition is to be a global actor for peace more than ever.”

  • EU Commission “Series on Defence and Security” 2018

First of all the NPP has gone down on my estimation the day they gave it to President Obama just a few months after he had been made President. He went on to wage war for the whole of his 8 years as President.

Secondly, the EU Commission is talking through its backside.

In fact, it has been NATO that has fulfilled the role of defending Europe. The EU didn’t even exist until 1993 when the Maastricht Treaty was signed, 48 years after the Second World War ended.

Since then, amongst EU countries, it has been the UK which has been the lead country in defense, as it has been since WWII.

The UK is STILL the lead country in the EU on defense

In 2018, the UK was the only EU country predicted by NATO to be exceeding official NATO targets for defense spending — as a proportion of GDP and in terms of its percentage spend on military hardware.

NATO has two main targets:

  1. A minimum annual defense expenditure of 2% of GDP
  2. A minimum 20% of annual defense expenditure to go on military equipment

None of the other member states managed to beat both targets. Not Germany, not France, not Italy. Not even Greece, which has traditionally been a high spender as a result of its continuous disputes with neighboring Turkey.

Only 3 EU and NATO members exceed the headline target

When it comes to the headline which most people are aware of — the minimum 2% target of GDP — just 3 out of the EU countries beat the target: the UK, Greece, and Estonia.

The small Baltic countries such as Estonia have recently increased their military spending as a result of the threat from neighboring Russia, but their overall expenditures are of course low.

Germany, which of course could make a huge difference, is languishing on just 1¼% of GDP and Mrs. Merkel has only promised to address this by 2025. In committing to increase the GDP percentage, this will only be for future years and Germany plans to do nothing about its accumulated shortfall over many years.

Given that Germany is now teetering on recession it seems highly unlikely that it will even meet its promises on an ongoing basis by 2025

Six EU countries aren’t even part of NATO

Austria, Cyprus, Finland, Ireland, Malta, and Sweden are not members of NATO. This leaves just 22 EU member states which are also NATO members, and this will fall to 21 when the UK leaves.

As the EU continues to move rapidly in its creation of an EU army, the absurdity of the claim that the EU has been responsible for the peace in Europe grows too.

For decades the vast majority of EU member states haven’t even been capable of meeting NATO’s minimum spending requirement, first set out formally in 2006 and subsequently reinforced at the NATO conference of 2014.

The idea that these countries are going to be capable of defending themselves under the EU military structures they are busy creating is simply laughable, in our view.

No wonder they are keen on Mrs. May’s promise of a full and comprehensive defense treaty as part of the Brexit negotiations.

Once again we see the UK doing everything it can to defend not only the EU but also the rest of Europ. While at the same time we see the UK once again being taken advantage of.

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Graham Charles Lear

What is life without a little controversy in it? Quite boring and sterile would be my answer.