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