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Summit In London - NATO Members Are Looking For Similarities

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NATO members are looking for similarities:


The disputes at the beginning of the NATO summit are to be packed aside - the working meeting is now about challenges like China. But the differences should continue to resonate.

They are known from Buckingham Palace: the honour guards with their high bearskin hats.

Now they are standing at a golf hotel in northwest London. In the morning, the 29 heads of state and government of the Alliance drove up there.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg would like to celebrate: the 70th anniversary of NATO's first headquarters in London. But the mood is not so good.

Singles such as those of Turkey or the US in northern Syria call into question cohesion. France's President Macron calls for strategic clarity: It can not be that Turkey is fighting such Kurdish militias as terrorists who are for other allies.

Britain supports NATO Members rock solid:


The NATO Secretary-General, because of all the differences, conjures up a different picture - that of a unique alliance: "NATO is agile, active and evolving - it is the most successful alliance of all time because we are constantly changing."

And Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson assures: His country's support for the military alliance is rock solid.

Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan, on the other hand, threatened to block NATO resolutions - for example, on a stronger role in the Baltic States - should the partners not also classify the Kurdish militia YPG as a terrorist organization.

Stoltenberg acts as a mediator: "I am confident that we will find a solution to our revised defence plans, I discussed this with President Erdogan last night, and we continue working on the issue."

NATO members - Series of challenges:


At the end of the three-hour working session, the "London Declaration" should stand and summon once again article 5 with its "one for all, all for one" guarantee, as Johnson emphasized shortly before the meeting.

That the core idea of ​​the Alliance must be stressed anew, perhaps shows the crisis most clearly. Despite the optimism - including the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She's positive about the meeting, she said.

The challenges posed by Russia and, for the first time, by the military power of China, the universe as an area of ​​operations, the distribution of costs in the Alliance, the fight against terror, arms control - these are all incorporated into the two-page London Final Declaration.

French President Emmanuel Macron, however, lays his finger on the wound again today - with a good deal of pride about his role on top of that:

"We need to have a debate on more than just budgets and financial issues, our responsibility is to clear the ambiguities that are emerging and to have a strategic debate that has already begun - which I congratulate. "


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