Merkel Disagrees With Macron's 'Sweeping Judgement' That NATO is Experiencing 'Brain Death'
The United States is turning its back on the European project, according to the French president. It's time to wake up, Emmanuel Macron told The Economist, Sputnik reports.
The French president warned fellow European countries that they could no longer rely on the United States to defend North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) allies, adding that there is no coordination of "strategic decision-making" between the allies.
"None. You have an uncoordinated aggressive action by another NATO ally, Turkey, in an area where our interests are at stake", Macron said in an interview with The Economist, adding "What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO".
The president also expressed doubts about the effectiveness of Article 5 of the NATO treaty that an "attack on one member of NATO is an attack on all of its members".
“I don't know", he said, "but what will Article Five mean tomorrow?”
NATO, according to Macron, "only works if the guarantor of last resort functions as such".
"I'd argue that we should reassess the reality of what NATO is in light of the commitment of the United States", the French president added.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier in the day held talks with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg.
Merkel has stated that she disagrees with Emmanuel Macron’s stance on NATO.
"NATO remains a cornerstone of our security", Merkel told reporters.
French President Emmanuel Macron "used drastic words, that is not my view of cooperation in NATO", Merkel noted.
"I don't think that such sweeping judgements are necessary, even if we have problems and need to pull together", she added.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also discarded the French president's comment during a news conference in Berlin adding that the United States and Europe "work together more than we have done for decades".