23 March 2004

Shift in priorities needed

Jan Peter Balkenende: "It is true that the United States spends more on defense than the countries of the European Union. But Europe is responsible for more than half of all government aid to developing countries. My own country [the Netherlands], for example, spends 0.8 percent of its gross domestic product on development cooperation." Perhaps it's time to balance things out a bit between the US and Europe: Europe needs to spend more on its own defence and the US needs to spend more on foreign aid.

Where does Canada fit in? My guess is that we are in the same boat with the Europeans on this.

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