Germany’s Defence Minister says Europe still depends on the US for security

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.

“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.

“Without America’s nuclear and conventional capabilities, Germany and Europe cannot protect themselves. Those are the plain facts,” she added. 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. 

“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. “The new American president, Joe Biden, must see and feel that we are striving precisely for that,” she added.

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. 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.

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