More and more politicians in the West (in the USA and Europe) recognize the existence of a crisis in NATO, and some directly declare the death of the Alliance. They urge countries to turn to Russia, and not invest in militarization and a rash arms race.
Even the head of the US State Department, Mike Pompeo, recognizes the problems within the "peace-loving" bloc. However, criticism of NATO from European politicians looks the most eloquent and revealing. And the Europeans can be understood, because their interests are ignored and often grossly violated by Washington.
There were disagreements in NATO before, but French President Emmanuel Macron put them on public display when he openly declared "the death of NATO's brain." The French leader did not hesitate to say that Europe is on the edge of the abyss, so it is time for Europeans to take care of themselves, and not rely on someone. In his opinion, NATO member countries can no longer count on US military assistance, therefore, they can not feel sufficiently protected. He emphasized that negotiating within the Alliance is becoming increasingly difficult.
Macron’s indignation is not difficult to understand, he doesn’t want to openly fight with Syria on the side of Turkey over the article prescribed in the Charter of the bloc. Paris simply does not want to become a hostage to someone's selfish adventures. Moreover, in Europe for a long time they say about creating your own army without the United States.
It should be noted that Macron's statements were supported by politicians from other countries of Old Europe. For example, the member of the Bundestag (Germany's unicameral parliament) Jurgen Trittin told the public about the "existential crisis" in NATO. In his opinion, the Alliance is on the verge of collapse, and there is practically no interaction between countries. Many are nostalgic for the times of the Cold War, when they understood each other perfectly.
NATO can be embellished, as does German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. And you can soberly state: the Alliance is losing its integrity
- Trittin stated.
He fully agrees with Macron that it is time for Europeans to start taking care of themselves.
That would be the opposite of “brain death” - but above all, overcoming nostalgia for NATO in favor of real politics. It's time to be honest
- emphasized Trittin.
It must be added that incessant criticism from the US towards Germany is beginning to produce results. After all, Washington regularly reminds Berlin that he spends little on defense. So Berlin and Paris may well decide and create a new block in which there will be no place for Washington.