NATO's Glistening New Headquarters Is Home To An Alliance With Old Problems

Inside the lobby of Nato’s US$1.45 billion (Dh5.33bn) headquarters, a sculpture of Roman emperor Domitian’s departure to defend the borders of the empire in 83AD sits against a wall. Almost 2,000 years later, leaders of the world’s biggest military alliance have left their home countries and headed for Brussels to defend itself from within.

The shiny, modern headquarters, built after two decades of planning, evaluation and delays, is a new home for an alliance that is facing problems, both young and old.

As Nato’s annual summit opens on Wednesday, questions are again being asked in Washington about the alliance’s European members and their contribution to defence spending.

Allies of the United States in Brussels are preparing for a more aggressive, more demanding president who they fear could tear the 69-year-old transatlantic alliance apart over who pays the bills.

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