German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has spoken out in defense of NATO at a conference in Berlin, challenging French President Emmanuel Macron’s earlier controversial assertion that the organization was “brain-dead.” “NATO remains a decisive cornerstone,” said Kramp-Karrenbauer, speaking at the annual NATO Talk around the Brandenburger Tor event on Monday. It was also important to explain to the German public why the country needs to play a more active role in international security matters, said Kramp-Karrenbauer. But she admitted that discussions over security matters “win no popularity contests,” saying that the German public would need a “weaning” period to get used to the idea of the nation wielding a larger military influence. Read more: Why has Macron taken the lead in NATO-bashing? Watch video 01:35 Share NATO under increasing strain Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3Scir NATO under increasing strain Germany united behind NATO Wolfgang Ischinger, chair of the Munich Security Conference, formerly a German ambassador to the US and deputy foreign minister, also contested Macron’s assertion at the conference. “Our American partners have increased their presence in Europe. They are planning a big exercise next year, bigger than any exercise before. So we can’t call it brain-dead,” he said. The comments by… Read full this story
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