Merkel Stresses NATO’s Newfound Importance in Response to Macron Saying Alliance is ‘Brain Dead’


Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that Angela Merkel was “uncharacteristically furious” while berating French President Emmanuel Macron for his public announcement about NATO’s “brain death”.

In another sign of support for the alliance after the French President’s stern remarks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated that keeping NATO afloat is of great importance to Berlin.

“Maintaining NATO today is even more in our very own interests as it was in the Cold War – or at least as important as it was in the Cold War”, she told German lawmakers on Wednesday, adding that “the foreign minister said yesterday Europe currently cannot defend itself on its own.”  

Her remarks comes a few days after The New York Times reported that Angela Merkel was “uncharacteristically furious” and reproached French President Emmanuel Macron at a dinner celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall after he earlier announced NATO’s “brain death”.

“I understand your desire for disruptive politics. But I’m tired of picking up the pieces. Over and over, I have to glue together the cups you have broken so that we can then sit down and have a cup of tea together,” Merkel reportedly said.

Earlier, she publicly objected to Macron’s description of the alliance as “brain dead” by saying that “the French president has found rather drastic words to express his views”.

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