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Thu Nov 7, 2019, 03:26 PM

France's Macron Says NATO Has Suffered brain Death and Casts Doubt on Its Future

By Adam Taylor
November 7, 2019 at 11:49 a.m. EST

NATO has suffered “brain death,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview published Thursday, warning that the 29-member alliance can no longer coordinate strategically and that its promise of collective defense is now uncertain.

“What will Article 5 mean tomorrow?” the French leader said in an interview with the Economist, referring to the article of the North Atlantic Treaty on collective defense. “If the Bashar al-Assad regime decides to retaliate against Turkey, will we commit ourselves under it? It’s a crucial question.”

Macron’s comments are among the most pessimistic made by a leader of a European NATO power in recent years. They follow years of criticism of NATO by President Trump, who has pursued an “America First” policy and publicly condemned the organization as outdated.

The remarks drew a rebuke Thursday afternoon in Berlin, where German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the French president had used “drastic words” that did not reflect her view. “NATO remains a cornerstone of our security,” Merkel said at a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who emphasized the need for unity in the alliance.

Some analysts warned that although Macron may be trying to rally European allies with his remarks, his comments could backfire. “This will really damage NATO and could be seized on by its opponents including Trump,” Tom Wright, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, wrote on Twitter.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 03:34 PM

1. NATO has been one of the "walking dead" for a couple of decades.

I would not walk across the sidewalk to help Turkey if they were attacked by Syria.

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Thu Nov 7, 2019, 06:43 PM

2. Macron is an expert on "brain death" n/t

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Thu Nov 7, 2019, 06:45 PM

3. NATO soldiers go to France 2 train how to surrender N/T

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