Emmanuel Macron makes a very critical assessment of the situation of NATO. Chancellor Angela Merkel has now expressed – and finds clear words.
- Emmanuel Macron questions NATO in an interview.
- The President of France severely criticizes the defense alliance.
- Macron makes a critical judgment about the state of the Alliance.
Update 22h30: French President Emmanuel Macron travels to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. After the meetings on Sunday evening, a dinner with contemporary witnesses of November 9, 1989 is scheduled, announced Thursday the palace of the Elysee.
It was a "moment of reflection on the heritage of 1989 and on the significance of the European project, which emphasizes the importance of the Franco-German tandem," continued the French presidency.
With harsh criticism about the state of NATO, Macron had provoked on Thursday an irritation from NATO partners.
Macron takes a radical decision about NATO – and concedes against Merkel
Updated from 16h36: Chancellor Angela Merkel has risen for the assessment of NATO Emmanuel Macron pronounced. The French president called the defense alliance "brain dead" – Merkel now rejects this radical criticism.
NATO: Angela Merkel criticizes the statement of Emmanuel Macron
"I think that such an important blow is not necessary, even if we have problems, even if we have to get together," said the Chancellor after a meeting with the secretary general of the EU. NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, Berlin.
"Macron chose radical words, it's not my point of view Cooperation with NATO"Critical Angela Merkel"The transatlantic partnership is essential for us." She explains that the Alliance works well in many areas. Stoltenberg joined the Chancellor's point of view. "NATO is strong," he said.
Dramatic Judgment of Macron: President Speaks of NATO "brain dead"
First notification of 7 November 2019 at 14h16: Paris / Brussels – A few weeks before the NATO summit on the 70th anniversary of the Alliance has French President Emmanuel Macron challenged the defensive alliance. "What we are currently experiencing is the NATO cerebral deathMacron told the British magazine L & # 39; economist in an interview published Thursday. There is "no coordination in strategic decisions between the United States and its NATO allies".
France: President Emmanuel Macron severely criticizes NATO in Brussels
"We will meet for the first time with an American president who does not share our idea of the European project," continued Macron. In addition, Turkey, a NATO country, is demonstrating an "uncoordinated, aggressive" approach in an area in which the security interests of all are affected. He was referring to the Turkish military offensive against the Kurds in northern Syria.
NATO: Macron speaks of "exceptional weakness" in Europe
Europe must recover its military sovereignty, asked Macron in the interviewthat the economist at the palace of the Elysee in Paris. The international security situation and the rise of China should have become an "extraordinary Weakness of Europe"If Europe can not see itself as a world power, it will disappear," warned Macron.
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) said in Berlin that NATO remains "the anchor of European security". The common goal is "a viable Europe" and not a "competition", as she pointed out with reference to the United States.
the NATO Summit will take place on 3 and 4 December in London. This year, the Alliance is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is closed on Thursday Visit to BerlinIt's only recently that Chancellor Angela Merkel has opposed Macron.
Interview with Emmanuel Macron before the NATO anniversary summit
The publication of Macron interviews In addition to Stoltenberg, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Germany was invited to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and met, among others, with US Army soldiers in the area. Grafenwoehr military training in Bavaria.
In the context of Macron, it was reported that the President "did not want to question NATO in its entirety, but rather the strategy and policy of the institution". The Alliance Jubilee Summit will be held on December 3 and 4 in London.
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