- Oct 2013
Social programs, political propaganda ...Maybe political propaganda in some of these European nations is why their governments choose not to spend on their own defense? Those social programs sure do garner votes.
-French military expenditure (% of GDP) in 2016 was 2.26%. President: François Hollande, socialist.
2.3% in 2017. President: Emmanuel Macron. Not a social programs promoter, one could say.
Do You see a significant difference?
-Hungary: 1,1% in 2016. PM: Viktor Orban (he passed from the "baby-Tatcher" globalist neo-liberal to nationalist anti-liberal ... not sure how socialist he can be ... not sure what exactly he is, ideologically ...)
-Romania: 2% in 2017. Socialist party winning the elections (based on a lot of social programs promises).
-Poland: 2% in 2017. National-conservative, christian-democratic.
-Belgium: 0.9% in 2017. Center-right, cutting (tempting to) a lot on social programs, social security, unemployment.
Do You see a pattern, a link, between "leftists-social-programs-propaganda" and military expenses?
(and I can continue, with data on the evolution of each country for the last 2 decades. It's all available on-line).