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.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives want more money for Germany's military. But their Social Democratic coalition partners have pushed back, warning that Germany should not cave into demands made by Donald Trump.
The NATO summit in the shadow of American scoldings: US president Donald Trump demands higher defense expenditures, especially from Germany. But there is growing concern Trump could be making agreements with Vladimir Putin - at the expense of long-standing allies. Where is Nato heading? Guests: Claudia Major (SWP), Tyson Barker (Aspen Institute), Christian F. Trippe (DW).
After praising the US's relationship with Germany, President Donald Trump is accusing the country of skimping on its defense budget. Earlier in the day, he'd put on a smile while addressing reporters with Angela Merkel.