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It's NATO week in Washington, amid tense years for the alliance

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaking at a lectern
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Trump administration and Congress will host a flurry of NATO events this week, timed to the alliance's 70th anniversary.

Why it matters: The past couple of years have been tough for NATO, with Europeans still struggling to pull their own weight on defense spending and warily watching President Trump to see if he'll pull the plug on the alliance. Although such concerns can be overcranked — the U.S. military is doing more in Europe than it was two years ago — the alliance is still strained by unpredictable disruptions from its largest and most important member.