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U.S. ambassador criticizes Italy on defense spending

The U.S. ambassador, in a rare case of a diplomat openly criticizing a host nation’s spending plans, has said Italy’s shrinking military outlays put at risk its ability to finance NATO missions and wield strategic influence. At a time when the new centre-left government is pushing a cost-cutting 2007 budget through parliament, Ambassador Ronald Spogli made a speech saying Italy was a “prime member” of the group of NATO countries whose defense budgets were falling. Full Story

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