NATO: A New Era of Negotiations Begins
Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer was interviewed by L’Express's defense correspondent to discuss the future of the European security and the role of NATO under Trump’s administration. She explained that Trump’s positions toward Brexit and his stances on NATO "divide and weaken the credibility of the Alliance. […] All of this encourages Vladimir Putin to continue to test Europeans and NATO cohesion".
While NATO has never been more active since the Crimea’s annexation by Moscow in 2004, Donald Trump called the Alliance obsolete, as incapable to deal with terrorism. As Dr. Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer noticed in her interview, Trump’s pro-Brexit declarations and his doubts about the American engagement in Europe risk to weaken and divide the Alliance, giving Putin more room to test Europeans and NATO cohesion. Nevertheless, alliances are not unconditional, and according to Angela Merkel there is no eternal guarantee that the Americans will keep cooperating with the Europeans if it is not interesting for them to do so. For this reason, NATO should start developing its own strategic autonomy Europeans remain worried about a deal with Putin that wouldn’t be detrimental for them. Whatever the case, a new era of negotiations has just started.