Macron: Nato has suffered 'brain death'

Cheryl Sanders
November 7, 2019

A divide between European NATO members and Turkey widened further as EU foreign ministers in a common position advised bloc members to stop arms exports to Ankara, while NATO defence ministers had to acknowledge there was little they could do to restrain their strategically important ally.

"What we are now experiencing is the brain death of NATO", Macron was quoted as saying in an interview with British weekly The Economist.

Mr Trump also wrong-footed the allies by announcing a troop draw-down in Afghanistan and then declaring that peace talks with the Taliban were cancelled after a bomb attack killed a U.S. soldier.

Beyond that, the US leader publicly berated other leaders at a May 2017 summit for failing to boost their military budgets.

"If we want to build peace in Europe, to rebuild European strategic autonomy, we need to reconsider our position with Russian Federation", said Macron.

Stoltenberg meanwhile stressed that "NATO is strong", adding that the United States and Europe were working "more together than we have done for decades".

However, Mr. Mark Long seems unsure when asked if it is still valid.

However, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg earlier praised the contribution of Washington to Europe's security at an event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Thursday.

However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Macron used "drastic words", saying that was not her view.

"All this has led to the exceptional fragility of Europe which, if it can't think of itself as a global power, will disappear, because it will take a hard knock", he said. I welcome efforts to strengthen European defense.

France has long pressed for closer European defence cooperation but has faced resistance from Britain and others which say the United States remains key to Western defence, especially in the face of a more assertive Russian Federation.

Speaking after visiting the German village of Moedlareuth with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, which was divided into two during the Cold War, Mr Pompeo told reporters it was the "remarkable work" of democratic nations that "created freedom and brought millions of people out of very, very hard situations". "I don't know", he replied, "but what will Article Five mean tomorrow?".

Mr Maas also weighed in, saying he did "not believe North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is brain dead", adding: "I firmly believe in worldwide cooperation".

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