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Macron's brain-dead NATO sparks messy reactions

(B2) If the French president's ambition was to liven up the debate, it was successful. Her 'brain dead NATO' stated in the British weekly The Economist provoked reactions at the highest level

NATO members attempt to defend the merits of the organization (credit: NATO)

If some share the observation of an Alliance in great political difficulty, no one will, even mezzo voice, in the sense of Emmanuel Macron. And everyone feels officially obliged to justify the existence of NATO. But most arguments are drawn from the past, not from the current situation. Which, in a way, is recognizing that there is… a problem.

One of the strategic partnerships in history

« I think NATO remains an important, critical partner, perhaps historically one of the most critical strategic partnerships in all recorded history. defended the American minister Mike Pompeo.

« I think NATO remains an important, critical, perhaps historically one of the most critical strategic partnerships in all of recorded history »

Geopolitical power in Europe, security in NATO

« The EU must aspire to become a real geopolitical power, but NATO is and must remain the backbone of our security on both sides of the Atlantic. ” judged the Slovak president Zuzana Caputova, who is on the same political and generational side as Emmanuel Macron.

Berlin no agreement on form or substance

« I don't think such untimely judgment is necessary, even if we have problems, even if we need to pull ourselves together », Underlined German Chancellor Angela Merkel receiving NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The French president “ used radical terms which [are] not my point of view about cooperation within NATO ", she added, according to theAFP.

« The North Atlantic pact is a cornerstone of the multilateral world order added German Foreign Minister (SPD) Heiko Maas.

NATO essential for Stoltenberg

« We agree that a strong NATO is essential for peace and security in Europe and that we must continue to invest to maintain NATO » justified NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during his meeting in Berlin with Angela Merkel on November 7.


« Any attempt to distance Europe from North America will not only weaken the Transatlantic Alliance, but also risks dividing Europe. European unity cannot replace transatlantic unity »

NATO has been a protective shield of freedom

“Despite all the turmoil of recent weeks, I find that NATO has proven itself remarkable as a protective shield of freedom “said Ursula von der Leyen Friday evening, in a speech delivered in Berlin on the eve of the commemoration of the fall of the wall. " Europe must also learn the language of power she added according to Time and patience. " On the one hand, the EU needs more military capabilities. On the other hand, it must make greater use of the force available to assert European interests. »

A role in shared security

NATO “ continues to have an extremely important role not only in the North Atlantic, but globally as a group of countries coming together to share values, share a commitment to shared security » said Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, relayed by the Canadian permanent representative to NATO.

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).