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Eurosatory 2018: European defence spending keeps on rising (video)

5th June 2018 - 16:18 GMT | by Alice Budge in London

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Since 2014 average European defence spending has risen year-on-year, now accounting for 20% of total global military expenditure.

The most dramatic increase in spending emanated from Central European nations, fuelled by concerns about Russia’s recent activities within the region. 

While only eight NATO members reached the organisation’s target of spending 2% of GDP on defence, many European nations have adopted spending plans that will see them reach the threshold by the mid-2020s.

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