In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais on Tuesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned that the EU should not distance itself from NATO given the bloc’s current defence capability.
“What I can say today is that NATO is strong, agile and vital to our [EU] security. The European bloc cannot replace the trans-Atlantic alliance. The EU is important, but it cannot defend Europe,” Stoltenberg said when asked to comment on French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent remarks about the alliance’s “brain death.”
Calling the EU and NATO “two sides of the same coin,” Stoltenberg urged the sides to coexist “together” in a world which he said faces “so many challenges and threats.”
“Any attempt to distance Europe from North America will not only weaken NATO, but also divide Europe. The EU is a great instrument to generate peace, stability and prosperity, but it cannot replace NATO”, he pointed out, touting it as “the most successful alliance in history.”
Stoltenberg concluded by referring to NATO’s efforts to “preserve peace and avoid conflicts for 70 years” and pledging that the alliance would “continue to do so for many more decades.”
French President Calls NATO ‘Brain Dead’ Alliance