NATO Seeks More Political Role Despite Divisions
Sumaira FH 2 months ago Mon 30th November 2020 | 07:10 PM
Brussels, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Nov, 2020 ) :The NATO alliance should seek a more political role as the lynchpin of the West, ministers will hear this week, despite disputes about its strategy.
"I will then develop my proposals for the heads of state and government when they meet next year," Stoltenberg said.
Britain, which left the EU but remains committed to NATO, has boosted military spending to meet members' target of two percent of GDP within four years.
But other European members -- notably economic powerhouse Germany -- will not meet this level of defence funding for many years to come, if ever.
It also faces the beginnings of what could become a rivalry with its fellow Brussels-based organisation, the European Union, which is seeking a more "geo-political" role.
- 'Strategic illusions' - Most, but not all EU members are also NATO members, and bloc members are considering an as-yet unpublished plan to develop its own "strategic compass" and to reduce its dependence on Washington.
But the Europeans are themselves divided.
"Europeans will not be able to replace America's crucial role as a security provider," she said this month.
Macron disagreed, and said so in a long rumination on strategic policy in an interview with the magazine Le Grand Continent -- accusing the German minister of a "historical misunderstanding." Clumsily, he suggested that Kramp-Karrenbauer might not have Merkel's backing for her view, allowing her to retort: "I did not hear the Chancellor say that NATO was superfluous." Experts suggest it is wrong to read too much into the French leader's rhetorical assault on the Alliance.
"President Macron has always said that European defence is complementary to NATO," Ulrike Franke of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) told AFP.
"European defence policy is more about crisis management, and this will be done on the southern front, in regions that are no longer priorities for the United States," he told AFP.