NATO is an intergovernmental military alliance. Members - including most of Western Europe, the United States, Canada and Turkey - agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party.
NATO is based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on April 4, 1949, four years after the end of WW II. It has 28 members, West Germany joined in 1955.The organization, which has its headquarters in Brussels, was drawn into the breakup of Yugoslavia, and conducted its first military interventions in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. DW's content tagged "NATO" appears on this page.
NATO is marking its 70th anniversary. But even supporters of the military alliance admit it’s facing huge challenges in the era of Trump and Putin. And what about Germany? Is it a fully-committed NATO member or a “free-rider”? Our guests: Claudia Major (SWP), Ulrike Franke (ECFR), Andreas Kluth (Handelsblatt Today)
Anchors ahoy and welcome aboard! We've packed our trunks and are going transatlantic on this week. Germany has headed to New York to take its seat on the UN Security Council — while Barack Obama has come to Germany. Damien McGuinness and DW's Fabian von der Mark chat US-German relations with former US government advisor Julie Smith and NATO expert Sophia Besch.
NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg met with US President Donald Trump in the White House during the week as part of the alliance's birthday celebrations. Germany's contributions to NATO were a point of discussion. Keith Walker speaks with DW's political and security correspondent, Thomas Sparrow, and begins by asking him about Germany's defense spending.
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NATO has been marking its 70th anniversary. As the alliance looks ahead, it would like to leave behind the tension between Washington and Europe over defense budgets. That may be difficult. But as Teri Schultz reports, it's the only way to have the resources to deal with future challenges.
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