Simply put, Germany spends so little because the U. Given Trump's proposed increase in military spending after Mattis' message, it appears European leaders called Trump's bluff. A massive increase, on the other hand, shows an unwillingness to think critically about military priorities, a necessary prerequisite for NATO reform to be a policy goal and not just a rhetorical tool.It was an occupation in the truest sense of the term.However, for Baltimore’s poor Black neighborhoods, it was a hypermilitarized version of the lower intensity occupation they are subjected to on a regular basis.
Addressing a crowd of supporters Friday waving placards reading “Do not touch my newspaper,” Today’s Zaman editor-in-chief Sevgi Akarcesme described the takeover as “a shameful day for media freedom in Turkey.” “Our media institutions are being seized,” she said.The White House denied the report to CNBC, calling it "false." A spokesperson for the German government said that reports that Trump had given Merkel "a kind of bill with a concrete billion sum are not true." German ministers quoted anonymously by called the fake bill an effort at "intimidation." President Trump has insisted NATO members meet a 2014 commitment to spend at least 2 percent of their GDP on defense, and has accused Germany of owing "vast sums of money" to NATO, tweeting that the U. "must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany! The most effective way to incentivize other NATO members to spend more on defense is for the U. " While Germany is failing to meet its GDP commitment (it spends 1.2 percent on defense—of European NATO members, only Estonia, Poland, Greece, and the United Kingdom spend at least 2 percent of GDP), NATO funding is not structured in such a way that NATO can be "owed" anything. Protests demanding justice for Gray had been largely peaceful, until heavy-handed police tactics against Baltimore high school students on 27 April incited a riot.Some young people responded by throwing bottles and rocks at police, prompting comparisons to Palestine, where children often toss stones at Israeli occupation forces as a means of resistance and self-defense.