Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Macron: Nato has suffered 'brain death'

Macron: Nato has suffered 'brain death'

And his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement particularly annoyed Macron.

President Macron said that the European members of the 29-nation alliance "should reassess the reality of what North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is in the light of the commitment of the United States".

He said Washington was showing signs of "turning its back on us", as demonstrated by the U.S. president's sudden decision last month to pull troops out of north-eastern Syria last month without consulting his allies.

Mr Stoltenberg said in reference to the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall falling: "The reunification of Germany and Europe would have been impossible without the United States's security guarantee".

"Europe has forgotten that it is a community, by increasingly thinking of itself as a market, with expansion as its end objective", said Macron, who recently blocked expanding the European Union further to include two more Balkan states.

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.

'Star Wars: The Mandalorian' releases new a person-week-to-go trailer
All 30 seasons of "The Simpsons", most " Star Wars ", Pixar, and Marvel Cinematic Universe films, and classics such as "Bambi", "Aladdin" are among the dizzying array of Disney releases that'll be available on the service at launch.


"NATO as a system doesn't regulate its members", he said. "Europe can and should do more", Prime Minister Rutte said.

Macron argued that Europe could do this if "it accelerates the development of European defence". Macron said it was crucial to seek a rapprochement with Moscow, and praised Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, who is close to the Kremlin.

Europe shouldn't make the "huge mistake" of avoiding dialogue with Russia, French President Emmanuel Macron told The Economist, continuing his recent overtures to the country that the West has shunned over its annexation of Crimea.

At the same time, he urged European countries, which he said were on "the edge of a precipice", to toughen up quickly to become a "geopolitical power".

"Europe has forgotten that it is a community, by increasingly thinking of itself as a market, with expansion as its end goal", said Macron, who recently blocked expanding the European Union to include North Macedonia and Albania.

Macron said it was a time of turmoil with Europe losing track of history, a risk of the U.S. and China becoming the sole global powers, and authoritarian regimes emerging in its neighbourhood.

Like this: