A Precarious Alliance Patience Wears Thin with Germany's NATO Spending

As NATO prepares to celebrate its 70th anniversary, the most successful military alliance in history finds itself in the throes of an existential crisis. The unfulfillled promises of some member countries -- in particular Germany -- to spend more on defense threaten to tear the block apart. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Leaders of NATO member countries watch a performance in front of a blue NATO flag.

Leaders of NATO member countries watch a performance in front of a blue NATO flag.

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Soldiers take part in a 2018 NATO maneuver in Norway.

Soldiers take part in a 2018 NATO maneuver in Norway.

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