NATO: Rebuke to Brussels

Back in Belgium from conferences in Washington, U.S. Ambassador Robert Murphy laid aside the finesse and indirection of diplomatic language, did some plain talking in public last week: "There was quite frankly doubt [in Washington] that Belgium is making a contribution to Atlantic defense proportionate to its wealth and resources. While some countries are devoting percentages of their gross national product up to 19% for defense purposes, Belgium is only spending about 5%." Murphy added that he had also found "curiosity" in Washington over Belgian trade with Soviet-bloc nations.

The U.S. diplomat spoke before the Flemish Economic Association: in...

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