Harvard Kennedy School expert sees the pandemic as an opportunity to reestablish the transatlantic cooperation, including on the level of cities and municipalities. What's tragic is that many Europeans do not perceive Donald Trump as an anomaly, but as a revelation of America's true face, says Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook.

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According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute defense spending grew to 1.753 billion worldwide, which is approximately 2.2 percent of global GDP. Up to 62 percent of those were spent by a fifth of all countries, none of which is a member of the European Union. 

North Atlantic alliance, and its troops in particular, fulfil important roles during the pandemic not only in the world, but also directly in its member countries. Transport of supplies and personnel is one of the key, though not the only, activity.


North Atlantic Alliance has arranged five missions that have helped transport medical supplies and fight the new coronavirus. Slovaks and Czechs were among the main beneficiaries, as well as Italians and Spaniards. The number of requests for allies within NATO keeps on growing.