French President: NATO in the case of “brain death”

FRANCE (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — French President Emmanuel Macron announced that NATO is in a “brain death” in an interview published by The Economist on Thursday, criticizing the lack of coordination between the United States and Europe and the unilateral behavior adopted by Turkey, the Atlantic ally, in Syria.

“What we are experiencing now is the brain death of NATO,” the French president said.

Macron’s stiff remarks, which questioned the fate of the alliance itself, would have a big impact a month before a NATO summit in London in early December in London.

“There is no coordination of the US strategic decision with its NATO partners, and we are witnessing aggression from another NATO partner, Turkey, in the area where our interests are at stake, without coordination,” he said of the Turkish military operation in northern Syria.

“What happened is a big problem for NATO,” he said.

“We must now clarify what are the strategic goals of NATO,” he said, calling again for “strengthening” Europe’s defense.

The French president in particular questioned the fate of Article V of the NATO Treaty, which provides for military solidarity among members of the Alliance in the event of one of them attacked.

“What will happen to Article 5 tomorrow? If the regime of (Syrian President) Bashar Assad decides to respond to Turkey, will we intervene? That’s a real question,” Macron said.

“We are committed to fighting ISIS. The irony is that the American decision and the Turkish attack in both cases have the same result: sacrificing our partners on the ground who fought ISIS, the SDF,” he said.

The YPG, the main component of Syria’s democratic forces, is a key partner of the international coalition led by Washington in fighting the Islamic State, successfully defeating the organization in large areas of northeastern Syria.

On October 9, Turkey launched a military offensive in northern Syria targeting Kurdish forces it considers “terrorist” and an extension of the PKK, which has been engaged in a bloody insurgency in Turkey since 1984, two days after Washington withdrew its troops from border points in Syria. Green light for Ankara.

– The European Union “on the brink” –

“NATO as a system does not control its members,” Macron said. “From the moment a member feels he has a right to go, he is doing it. That’s what happened.

“It is essential, on the one hand, for a defensive Europe, Europe to give itself strategic and military autonomy, and to reopen a strategic dialogue with Russia, a na حوارve dialogue that will take time,” he said.

Macron took the interview to warn of three major risks to Europe: the first that it “forgot to be a group,” the second “separation” of US policy from the European project, and the third the rise of Chinese influence, which “marginalizes Europe clearly.”

“Today there is a series of phenomena that put us on the brink,” he said.

He explained that “Europe forgot to be a group, but gradually conceived itself a market with the ultimate goal of expansion,” and recently opposed the start of accession negotiations with northern Macedonia and Albania.

The second danger is the United States, which is keeping “our great partner” but turning its sights elsewhere “toward” China and the American continent, “a shift that began in the era of former President Barack Obama.” For the first time we have an American president (Donald Trump). He shares the idea of ​​the European project, and US policy is separated from this project. ”

Finally, the third danger is that the restructuring of the world ‘s balance coincides with the rise of China 15 years ago, threatening a bipolar world, which will clearly marginalize Europe.

Macron warned that if there is no “vigilance, awareness of this situation and a decision to address it in Europe, there is a great danger that we will disappear from the geopolitical map in the future, or at least not return the masters of our destiny.”

On the economic front, Macron said that the European rule of keeping the deficit in the general budget of the EU countries below the threshold of 3% of GDP, and talks on the contributions of the 27 countries in the bloc’s budget, two issues like “controversy of a century.”

“We need more expansion, more investment. Europe cannot be the only region that doesn’t.”

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