Emmanuel Macron has said that European Union member states need to “play a larger role in its own defense”. The French President hit back at suggestions that the EU pushing ahead with its defence plans was “incompatible” with NATO. Mr Macron said that with the US changing its focus to the Pacific-Asia region, “we need Europe to deal with our neighborhood”.
Speaking to the Munich Security Conference, he said: “I do believe in NATO! NATO needs more political momentum and clarification about its strategy concept.
“I believe that the best possible involvement of Europe within NATO is to be much more in charge of its own security and more in charge of its strategic autonomy.
“This is totally compatible. It will make NATO even stronger than before.”
He added that the EU should not be “dependent” on the US for security, adding: “The EU and its key member states have to be part of the solution of their own security”.
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