NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Germany for its vital contributions to the Alliance in talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday (15 June 2018). Speaking at a press conference at the Chancellery, Mr. Stoltenberg praised Germany’s leadership of a multinational battlegroup in Lithuania and its major contributions to NATO operations from Afghanistan to Kosovo and the Aegean Sea.
Balkan watchers say Serbia and Kosovo will be under more pressure to resolve their dispute now that Greece and Macedonia have terminated their own decades-long disagreement.
Grabar-Kitarovic, the NATO Secretary General thanked Croatia for contributions to NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence battlegroups in Lithuania and Poland, and to the Alliance’s missions in Afghanistan and in Kosovo. The Secretary General also thanked Croatia for financial contributions, including to the Military Transition Trust Fund in Ukraine, which helps former soldiers start a new life after retirement.
A subdued but still dramatic sign of the fundamentally changed security situation in the Baltic Sea region is about to be delivered to some five million Swedish households this week, that is to the entire population of the kingdom of Sweden.
A war of words has erupted between the US and its G7 allies, hours after the group had put on a show of unity at the end of a tense summit.
NATO Defence Ministers today (8 June 2018) concluded a two-day meeting in Brussels with a discussion of the Alliance’s training mission in Afghanistan, and its continuing support to the Afghan government and Afghan security forces.
Parliamentarians from NATO nations appealed Monday for Alliance leaders to show unity at their Summit in July and demonstrate that the organisation remains credible in the face of security threats headed by Russia and terrorism.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered to allow the eurozone's purse strings to be loosened in a concession to French President Emmanuel Macron's call for reform. With political turmoil in Italy and Spain and trade tensions with the US, Macron has called on Germany to kick its "fetish" for budget adn trade surpluses.
The new US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, has jumped directly into European politics and ignited a scandal. Outrage at this unprecedented behavior is the wrong answer, writes DW Editor-in-Chief Ines Pohl.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg commended Montenegro for its contributions to Euro-Atlantic security during a joint press conference with Montenegro’s President Milo Djukanovic - marking one year since Montenegro’s accession to NATO - on Monday 4 June.