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 4 April 1949, four years after the end of WW II. It has 28 members, West Germany joined in 1955.The organization was drawn into the breakup of Yugoslavia, and conducted its first military interventions in former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. DW's content tagged "NATO" appears on this page.
US Ambassador Richard Grenell is acting like "a high commissioner of an occupying power," the deputy leader of the Free Democrats (FDP) has said. Grenell has also drawn rebuffs from Germany's two governing parties.
Government plans to spend less than promised on the military have drawn fire from the armed forces commissioner and the US Embassy in Berlin. Defense spending is projected to fall well short of NATO's 2 percent target.
US President Donald Trump may not be a fan of the European Union or of NATO, but members of the US Congress want Europeans to know they represent a branch of government equal in power to the Administration and they feel differently. Teri Schultz reports a bipartisan group of American lawmakers was in Brussels this week hoping to smooth things over.
As Donald Trump leads the US's withdrawal from multilateralism, the Munich Security Conference is dominated by concerns the world is fragmenting. But, to some, insisting on this world order threatens Cold War conditions.