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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, April 1, 2019 (AP photo by Virginia Mayo).

NATO at 70: Toward European Strategic Responsibility

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

NATO foreign ministers meet in Washington this week to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the alliance. There is much to commemorate and reflect on. But this anniversary also provides a unique opportunity to look ahead and consider what lies in store for the alliance, including questions about the long-term coherence of trans-Atlantic security ties and the current deliberations about a more autonomous European defense.

Recent open letters on the future of the European project by French President Emmanuel Macron and the leader of the German Christian Democratic Union party, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, brought new impetus to ongoing discussions about European security. Both leaders advocated for bold new solutions, with Macron calling for a new European collective defense treaty and the creation of a European Security Council to include the post-Brexit United Kingdom. Kramp-Karrenbauer mentioned building a common European aircraft carrier as a symbolic project that would highlight support for European defense. ...

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