Merkel slams Macron for calling NATO ‘brain dead’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized French President Emmanuel Macron on Nov. 7 for calling NATO “brain dead”, saying the Western military alliance was “indispensable” for European security.

Speaking at a joint press briefing with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in German capital Berlin, Merkel said: “This point view is not mine. Such a lashing out is not necessary.”

Pointing to what she described as Macron’s “drastic words”, Merkel said the transatlantic military pact was “indispensable” for European security.

Stoltenberg “agreed” with Merkel’s statements saying any attempt to distance Europe from the U.S. was also endangering European Union security. He called for stepped-up cooperation within NATO in a bid to strengthen the Western military alliance.

Of course, Chancellor Merkel has done nothing to bolster the alliance, and one wonders if the Bundeswehr, the Luftwaffe, or the Kriegsmarine actually exist.