Germany and Europe can’t “shield themselves” and assure their “strategic autonomy” with out NATO and the US, Germany’s Defence Minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer stated on Tuesday.
“The concept of Europe’s strategic autonomy goes too far if it fosters the phantasm that we are able to assure safety, stability and prosperity in Europe with out NATO and with out the US,” AKK stated in a keynote speech on the College of the German Federal Armed Forces, Deutsche Welle reported.
“With out America’s nuclear and traditional capabilities, Germany and Europe can’t shield themselves. These are the plain information,” she added. Nevertheless, Karrenbauer harassed that the change of management within the US might carry new probabilities together with new challenges, amid a common consensus that Germany and the EU ought to tackle extra accountability.
“We would like Europe to be a powerful companion for the US on an equal footing and never a cost in want of safety,” Karrenbauer stated on Tuesday. “The brand new American president, Joe Biden, should see and really feel that we’re striving exactly for that,” she added.
Her latest feedback got here after the French President Emmanuel Macron closely criticised her op-ed on Politico on November 2, on the eve of the US presidential elections. For Macron, her viewpoint was “a contradict of historical past.”
“America will solely respect us as allies if we’re severe with ourselves, and if we’re sovereign with our personal defence,” Macron stated in an interview with Le Grand Continent journal.