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Macron's blunt NATO diagnosis was risky but necessary, French officials say

Macron's blunt NATO diagnosis was risky but necessary, French officials say

PARIS (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron’s blunt diagnosis that NATO is “brain dead” has upset other Europeans, but that’s a risk the French president is prepared to take if it stops them turning a blind eye to an ever more dangerous world, officials in Paris say. In an interview with The Economist magazine, Macron warned Europe it could no longer rely on

Germany's economic pain is here to stay

Germany's economic pain is here to stay

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - It was meant to be a fleeting slowdown for Europe’s economic powerhouse, followed by a rapid rebound. Instead, Germany has been stuck in neutral for a year with hopes fading for a turnaround, a situation that threatens to spread lasting economic gloom across Europe. Its vast industry is in recession, a victim of shifting consumer

Pompeo says NATO must change, or risk becoming obsolete

Pompeo says NATO must change, or risk becoming obsolete

BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday NATO must grow and change or risk becoming obsolete, a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said the alliance was dying. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected Macron’s comments, in an interview with British weekly The Economist, as “drastic” and Pompeo said on Thursday

Pompeo criticizes Russia and China but says NATO must change

Pompeo criticizes Russia and China but says NATO must change

BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday NATO must grow and change or risk becoming obsolete, a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said the alliance was dying. German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected Macron’s comments in an interview with British weekly The Economist as “drastic” on Thursday. The same day, Pompeo

Pompeo lays into Russia, China

Pompeo lays into Russia, China

In a speech in Berlin on Friday on the lessons of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Pompeo said "the West - all of us - lost our way in the afterglow of that proud moment." "We thought we could divert our resources away from alliances, and our militaries. We were wrong," he said. "Today, Russia - led by a former KGB officer once stationed in Dresden

‘Once NATO recovers, we’ll be there’: Russian FM Lavrov jokes about Macron’s ‘brain-dead NATO’ diagnosis

‘Once NATO recovers, we’ll be there’: Russian FM Lavrov jokes about Macron’s ‘brain-dead NATO’ diagnosis

French President Emmanuel Macron was the perfect man to diagnose NATO as being ‘brain-dead’, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov quipped, saying Moscow is ready for the bloc’s recovery from all ailments. “I wouldn’t want to drag myself into a discussion about the medical side of this issue,” Lavrov told reporters, at an arms control event in Moscow

Pompeo says NATO needs to change, or risk becoming obsolete

Pompeo says NATO needs to change, or risk becoming obsolete

BERLIN (Reuters) - NATO needs to grow and change or else the alliance runs the risk of becoming obsolete, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday. “Seventy years on NATO now, it needs to grow and change. It needs to confront the realities of today and the challenges of today,” Pompeo said during a question and answer session after giving

Citing 'competition of values', Pompeo lays into Russia, China

Citing 'competition of values', Pompeo lays into Russia, China

BERLIN (Reuters) - Russia slays political opponents and China’s tactics would be “horrifyingly familiar” to former East Germans, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday, describing free nations as being in a “competition of values” with unfree nations. In a speech in Berlin on the lessons of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Pompeo said

Macron ‘hit the mark’ by calling NATO ‘brain-dead’ –  Zakharova

Macron ‘hit the mark’ by calling NATO ‘brain-dead’ – Zakharova

French President Emmanuel Macron hit the nail on the head when he diagnosed NATO as “brain dead,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson has said. “Golden words. True and accurate. A proper definition of the current state of NATO,” Maria Zakharova wrote in a Facebook post, referring to the hard-hitting remark Macron made in an interview to the Economist,

Macron describes NATO as ‘brain dead’

Macron describes NATO as ‘brain dead’

French President Emmanuel Macron has described the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) as “brain dead” because of a lack of US leadership. In an interview with 'The Economist' magazine Mr Macron accused President Donald Trump of turning his back on the body by pulling troops out of Syria without notice. The French leader has advised European