French leader laments NATO’s ‘brain death’ due to US ac­tions

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BRUS­SELS — French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron claimed that a lack of U.S. lead­er­ship is caus­ing the “brain death” of the NATO mil­i­tary al­liance, in­sist­ing in an in­ter­view pub­lished Thurs­day that the Eu­ro­pean Union must step up and start act­ing as a strate­gic world power.

Macron’s pub­lic crit­i­cism of the state of the world’s big­gest mil­i­tary al­liance was re­jected by

Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel and NATO Sec­re­tary- Gen­eral Jens Stoltenber­g, set­ting the scene for a pos­si­ble show­down in Lon­don next month when NATO lead­ers meet.

“What we are cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing is the brain death of NATO,” Macron told The Economist mag­a­zine. He said the United States un­der Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ap­pears to be “turn­ing its back on us.”

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