Merkel Stresses NATO Also Crucial for US
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday emphasized the necessity of international alliances, such as NATO, to cope with the challenges currently facing the world.
Speaking on the second day of the Munich Security Conference, Merkel said that problems such as those posed by Islamist terrorism could not be mastered by one nation alone, and called for a “networked world.”
At the same time, she said it was necessary to improve and streamline multilateral bodies such as the European Union, while stressing how vital they were.
Among other things, Merkel reiterated European commitment to the NATO defense alliance, saying that Germany would do its best to reach the NATO-mandated defense spending target of 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).
However, she emphasized that NATO was in the interest not only of Europe, but of the United States as well.