A week today, Nato leaders will meet in Brussels for the alliance’s annual summit.
The run-up has been overshadowed by fallout from the G7 meeting in Canada last month, when Donald Trump refused to endorse the end-of-summit declaration, and Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore in late May, which ended with a fulsome declaration of a new friendship between the US and North Korea.
The only topic on the table for discussion at the Brussels summit is collective defence; it is one of few foreign policy topics on which Trump has been consistent. For the US president, whose transactional approach to business is mirrored in his approach to foreign policy, it is all about the money.
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