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Wed, 20 Nov 2019 11:39 GMT

NATO Allies Address Macron’s Criticisms

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Thu, 07 Nov 2019 21:26 GMT

NATO allies held talks on Thursday November 7th over whether the alliance is still worth it after French President Emmanuel Macron said it is experiencing a “brain death” state, AFP reported. 

Macron's comments drew praise from Russia, but prompted fierce a defence regarding the bloc's viability from both the US and Germany. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the alliance is "indispensable" and that Macron's judgments were not necessary.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg also warned that weakening the alliance could "divide Europe", while US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, also in Germany, insisted that the NATO alliance is "important and critical."

According to a transcript released by The Economist, Macron criticised "the lack of coordination between Europe and the United States. Macron also rejected recent aggression in Syria by NATO-member Turkey.

"You have no coordination whatsoever of strategic decision-making between the United States and its NATO allies. None," he said.

"You have an uncoordinated aggressive action by another NATO ally, Turkey, in an area where our interests are at stake."


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