Different from Mark Hong, the EU praises the defense value of NATO

French President Mark Hung recently criticized the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) “brain death” controversy, the new president of the European Union Executive Committee, Ursula von der Leyen, said today that NATO It is a very good defense mechanism.

In a recent media interview, Emmanuel Macron said that there is a lack of strategic coordination between the United States and NATO allies, and NATO is experiencing “brain death.”

Agence France-Presse reported that Van Der Ryan did not directly mention Mark Hung’s statement, saying that NATO, which has a 70-year history, is “the most powerful defense alliance in the world” and is the only one.

Van der Ryan specifically praised NATO and said: “I think that NATO has always been a very good free protection shield after going through the bumps of the past few weeks.”

She said that the defensive partnership is a non-negligible part of the history of Europe. The NATO members who joined later are particularly “clearly aware of the value of NATO today.”

Mark Hong’s accidental attack on NATO also attracted the opposition of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In this wave of controversy over the transatlantic partnership, Germany is commemorating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, highlighting the deeper gap between traditional allies.

When the Berlin Wall collapsed, everyone thought that the Iron Curtain would be overthrown, and the unstoppable wave of global freedom and democracy was opened. But in the past 30 years, not only the tension between the Western allies has become obvious, but the tension with Russia and China has also risen again.

Van Der Ryan said, “We must admit that our complacency is naive today.” Russia uses violent conflict to move Europe’s established borders and try to fill any gap left by the United States. In addition, it expects China’s development to be closer to Western liberal democracy. , did not achieve.

Faced with such challenges, Van der Ryan said that Europe needs to fight against the most important countries in the world that have an impact on the situation. “If we Europeans want to strengthen their position in the world, now it is not enough to have soft power.” . She said: “Europe must also learn to speak with strength.”

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