“We want Europe to be a strong partner for the US on an equal footing and not a charge in need of protection,” Karrenbauer said on Tuesday. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Germany’s Defence Minister says Europe still depends on the US for security
By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe
epa08627117 German Defence Minister Annegret-Kramp Karrenbauer speaks to the media following a meeting of European Union member states defence ministers 26 August 2020 in Berlin, Germany.
The meeting, as part of Germany’s head of the rotating presidency of the European Council, is the first such meeting taking place with participants in person since begin of the coronavirus pandemic. “The new American president, Joe Biden, must see and feel that we are striving precisely for that,” she added. “Without America’s nuclear and conventional capabilities, Germany and Europe cannot protect themselves. EPA-EFE/Sean Gallup / POOL
Germany and Europe cannot “protect themselves” and guarantee their “strategic autonomy” without NATO and the US, Germany’s Defence Minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Tuesday. Those are the plain facts,” she added. “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 said in a keynote speech at the University of the German Federal Armed Forces, Deutsche Welle reported. EPA-EFE/Sean Gallup / POOL
German Defence Minister Annegret-Kramp Karrenbauer speaks to the media following a meeting of European Union member states defence ministers 26 August 2020 in Berlin, Germany. 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 said in an interview with Le Grand Continent magazine. Her recent comments came after the French President Emmanuel Macron heavily criticised her op-ed on Politico on November 2, on the eve of the US presidential elections. However, Karrenbauer stressed that the change of leadership in the US could bring new chances along with new challenges, amid a general consensus that Germany and the EU should take on more responsibility.