November 7, 2019 / 3:56 PM / 5 days ago

Merkel, NATO chief reject Macron's view NATO is dying

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive to hold a news conference in Berlin, Germany, November 7, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron used “drastic words” when he described NATO as experiencing a “brain death”, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, saying that was not her view.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also rejected the characterization during a joint news conference in Berlin.

“NATO remains a cornerstone of our security,” Merkel told reporters.

Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Gareth Jones

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