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 needed to play a more active role in international security matters, Kramp-Karrenbauer said. But she admitted that discussions of 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? Germany united behind NATO Wolfgang Ischinger , chair of the Munich Security Conference and formerly 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 Kramp-Karrenbauer and Ischinger joined Merkel and other prominent German voices , who last week spoke out after Macron said a lack of… Read full this story
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