Selin ATAY-TDO-Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday underlined NATO’s essential role for Europe’s security and turned down French proposals towards developing an alternative military alliance.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas countered French President Macron's claim, saying NATO was a viable alliance from head to toe, though there were other diagnoses. Heiko Maas underlined NATO’s essential role for Europe’s security and turned down French proposals towards developing an alternative military alliance.
Maas claimed that NATO's strength come from its unity within itself, and also stresses that "This union has been guaranteeing the security of Europe for 70 years and this will be important in the future."
"It is fair to say that NATO is alive," Maas said, adding that the military alliance was still strong "from head to toe". His remarks came after French President Emmanuel Macron raised doubts about NATO’s future viability, arguing earlier this month that the alliance was undergoing "brain death".
Heiko Maas, on the other hand, expressed the need for reform in NATO. For this reason, at last week's NATO foreign ministers ' meeting, they suggested the establishment of a group of experts under the direction of the secretary general to conduct a strategic assessment of the alliance, which was received positively within the alliance.
Maas argued that the security of Europe and the United States should not be assessed separately, pointing out that without the United States, Germany and Europe are not in a position to effectively protect themselves.
Heiko Maas said that Europeans should take more responsibility for ensuring their own security, in this context they are closely cooperating with France on Europe's security policy.
"We must develop new concepts and policies for NATO," he said, and called for further steps to strengthen the political unity and coordination among the allies.