Germany and Europe can’t “protect themselves” and assure their “strategic autonomy” with out NATO and the US, Germany’s Defence Minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer stated on Tuesday.
“The idea of Europe’s strategic autonomy goes too far if it fosters the illusion that we can guarantee security, stability and prosperity in Europe without NATO and without the US,” AKK stated in a keynote speech on the University of the German Federal Armed Forces, Deutsche Welle reported.
“Without America’s nuclear and conventional capabilities, Germany and Europe cannot protect themselves. Those are the plain facts,” she added. However, Karrenbauer pressured that the change of management within the US may carry new possibilities together with new challenges, amid a basic consensus that Germany and the EU ought to tackle extra duty.
“We want Europe to be a strong partner for the US on an equal footing and not a charge in need of protection,” Karrenbauer stated on Tuesday. “The new American president, Joe Biden, must see and feel that we are striving precisely for that,” she added.
Her current 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 history.”
“The United States will only respect us as allies if we are serious with ourselves, and if we are sovereign with our own defence,” Macron stated in an interview with Le Grand Continent journal.