Ursula von der Leyen opposes Emmanuel Macron. The designated president of the European Commission on Friday [November 8th] described NATO as a "remarkable" institution, in the aftermath of the French president's criticism of an "all-brain" Atlantic Alliance. "Despite all the turmoil in recent weeks, I think NATO has been remarkable as a screen for freedom," said the German in a speech in Berlin on the eve of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
"The history of Europe can not be told without NATO's," she added, stressing that it was "the most powerful defense alliance in the world" . French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday ruled that the Atlantic Alliance was in a state of "brain death", deploring the lack of coordination between the United States and Europe and the unilateral behavior of Turkey, a member of the Atlantic Alliance. , in Syria. We must "clarify now what are the strategic goals of NATO," he added in an interview with The Economist.
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"The risk of becoming obsolete"
Visiting Germany, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also ruled on Friday that NATO was "at risk of becoming obsolete" if leaders did not respect their commitments, especially funding. A thinly veiled criticism of Germany, much criticized by Washington for being far removed from the target set by the Atlantic Alliance member countries, to move towards a 2% share of their product gross domestic product devoted to military expenditure. Berlin is around 1.2%. In an unusually strong reaction to its main partner in Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday ruled "radical" Emmanuel Macron's vision of NATO. "I do not think that such an inopportune judgment is necessary, even if we have problems, even if we have to pull ourselves together," she added.
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