US President said he's confident the US commitment to the trans-Atlantic alliance will continue. That includes the US pledge to defend all its NATO treaty allies, Obama said in a speech in Athens.
The German government has presented its military budget report to NATO. A spending hike is planned, but economic concerns and political uncertainty may leave allies questioning Germany's commitment to the alliance.
Merkel and Tsipras discussed Greece's return to economic stability as well as immigration and Macedonia. Protests, banned in hopes of avoiding scenes similar to her last visit, were quelled by police using tear gas.
In today's European Union, bickering local elites rely on the support of global powers. Europe has been torn apart by competing factions, warns Ivaylo Ditchev, a cultural anthropologist from Bulgaria.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited Skopje to add her voice to calls that the Balkans nation rename itself as "North Macedonia." The dispute has long hobbled ties with Greece and integration into the West.
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