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UK News The Latest: Macron wants bigger Europe military role in NATO

01:35  04 december  2019
01:35  04 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Mr. Macron also wants Europeans to spend more on defense, but in pursuit of their own strategic goals NATO functions well in the military sphere, coordinating armies and commands, Mr. Macron said. The remarks reflected both his striving for a leadership role in a Europe , where Ms. Merkel is

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth talks to Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel during a reception at Buckingham Palace, as NATO leaders gather to mark 70 years of the alliance, in London, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump and his NATO counterparts were gathering in London Tuesday to mark the alliance's 70th birthday amid deep tensions as spats between leaders expose a lack of unity that risks undermining military organization's credibility. (Yui Mok/Pool Photo via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Britain's Queen Elizabeth talks to Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel during a reception at Buckingham Palace, as NATO leaders gather to mark 70 years of the alliance, in London, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump and his NATO counterparts were gathering in London Tuesday to mark the alliance's 70th birthday amid deep tensions as spats between leaders expose a lack of unity that risks undermining military organization's credibility. (Yui Mok/Pool Photo via AP)

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the NATO summit in London (all times local):

7:05 p.m.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Europeans should play a greater role within the NATO military alliance in order to be less dependent on the United States.

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Mr Trump had described Mr Macron 's comments about Nato as "nasty", but Mr Macron said he stood by his words. World leaders are in London to mark the Western military alliance's 70th anniversary. The summit has already been marked by strained relations between Turkey and other member states.

“ Macron says NATO should focus on terrorism; Trump says NATO should focus on terrorism and the Middle East. Prince Charles has assumed a more central role in the royal family’s affairs in the aftermath of the scandal involving Prince Andrew’s ties with the disgraced financier, Jeffrey Epstein.

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, talks to Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during a reception at Buckingham Palace, as NATO leaders gather to mark 70 years of the alliance, in London, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump and his NATO counterparts were gathering in London Tuesday to mark the alliance's 70th birthday amid deep tensions as spats between leaders expose a lack of unity that risks undermining military organization's credibility. (Yui Mok/Pool Photo via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, talks to Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during a reception at Buckingham Palace, as NATO leaders gather to mark 70 years of the alliance, in London, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump and his NATO counterparts were gathering in London Tuesday to mark the alliance's 70th birthday amid deep tensions as spats between leaders expose a lack of unity that risks undermining military organization's credibility. (Yui Mok/Pool Photo via AP)

Macron said he wants “more European defense to get ... a less unbalanced NATO.” That came after he met with Turkish President Erdogan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the sidelines of a NATO summit.

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Nato - the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - was founded after World War Two to counter the threat of Soviet expansion. The 29 member states pledge to come to the aid of one another should any come under attack. But speaking last month, Mr Macron had complained that Nato members were no

But some experts say if Macron wanted to shock allies into standing up more effective military power, he's going about it all wrong. "He already knows the answers he wants : A reset with Russia and a much weaker US role in European security. These are positions on which he is in a minority.

President Donald Trump meets French President Emmanuel Macron at Winfield House, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in London. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) © Provided by Associated Press President Donald Trump meets French President Emmanuel Macron at Winfield House, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in London. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

He also said he requested clarifications from Turkey, without elaborating. Macron strongly criticized Turkey’s military operation in Syria and its role within the NATO alliance.

Macron reaffirmed he wants to improve relations with Russia. He said while Europe and Russia disagree on some issues, they are also partners in other areas.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during an event 'NATO Engages' at Central Hall Westminster in London, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump and his NATO counterparts were gathering in London Tuesday to mark the alliance's 70th birthday amid deep tensions as spats between leaders expose a lack of unity that risks undermining military organization's credibility. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) © Provided by Associated Press NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during an event 'NATO Engages' at Central Hall Westminster in London, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump and his NATO counterparts were gathering in London Tuesday to mark the alliance's 70th birthday amid deep tensions as spats between leaders expose a lack of unity that risks undermining military organization's credibility. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

The comments come after Macron met with President Donald Trump amid tensions over the French leader’s recent comments that NATO is experiencing “brain death.”

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Mr. Macron had suggested that Europe could no longer assume unwavering support from the United States. The two leaders were scheduled to meet later in Mr. Trump’s defense of NATO against Mr. Macron ’s comments were something of a role reversal for the two leaders — in the past, Mr. Trump

For the most part, European nations have been content to participate in NATO for collective defense, with an Only later in the interview did he discuss a European army, but that Instead Mr. Macron emphasized how Europe must do more for its own security, which Washington has regularly urged.

U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrive at Stansted Airport in England, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. US President Donald Trump will join other NATO heads of state at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday to mark the NATO Alliance's 70th birthday. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) © Provided by Associated Press U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrive at Stansted Airport in England, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. US President Donald Trump will join other NATO heads of state at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday to mark the NATO Alliance's 70th birthday. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

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6:50 p.m.

President Donald Trump and the first lady have been mingling with the royal family during their first day in London for NATO meetings.

The couple arrived at Buckingham Palace for a leaders’ reception hosted by the queen on Tuesday evening. Protesters could be heard chanting nearby.

Police outside The Grove hotel in Watford ahead of the NATO Leaders Meeting beginning on Tuesday, in Hertfordshire, England, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump will gather with NATO’s other leaders in London Tuesday as the world’s biggest military alliance, marking its 70th birthday, battles with one of the most confounding of adversaries: Itself. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Police outside The Grove hotel in Watford ahead of the NATO Leaders Meeting beginning on Tuesday, in Hertfordshire, England, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump will gather with NATO’s other leaders in London Tuesday as the world’s biggest military alliance, marking its 70th birthday, battles with one of the most confounding of adversaries: Itself. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

The Trumps had earlier joined Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, for tea after a lengthy drive through London’s stop-and-go evening rush hour traffic.

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Mr Macron senses an unusual—and probably brief—opportunity for Europe to fashion a stronger centre and If he gets it right, he could reap big dividends. Germany needs a stronger France to help share the Both countries fret about Mr Trump’s disdain for NATO and want to strengthen European defence co-operation. With luck, he could look forward to a second term and a big role in Europe .

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Once inside Clarence House, a British royal residence, the four briefly posed for a photograph before reporters were escorted out.

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4:25 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he's not worried that the U.S. stock market took a dive over his remarks that a trade deal with China might not materialize until after the 2020 election.

U.S. stocks fell sharply in early trading Tuesday after Trump cast doubt over the prospect of reaching a trade deal with China this year and threatened to impose tariffs on French goods.

Trump told reporters on the sidelines of the NATO summit in London that the stock market has reached record highs recently so it's OK that the market fell.

He says he has to make the right trade deal with China — one that's good for the United States.

Trump said ''If it's an even deal, it's no good."

The S&P 500 index fell 1.3% as of 10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 393 points, or 1.4%, to 27,388. The Nasdaq fell 1.4%.

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4 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he would understand if the leaders of Canada and Mexico get tired of waiting on the United States to pass a new trade agreement among the nations.

Trump says the deal is good for all three nations, calling it one of the few transactions in which all three countries benefit “as a unit against the world.”

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French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that Europeans cannot be protected without a "true, European army", as he marks the President Macron has already warned that Europeans can no longer rely on the US to defend them, and he revived the theme on Tuesday, in response to President

The proposals for a European military have triggered a new spat with US president Donald Trump, who took offence to a suggestion by Mr Macron Commission president Mr Juncker said last year that “deference to Nato can no longer be used as a convenient alibi to argue against greater European

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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has insisted on changes to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to ensure that improved labor and environmental standards are enforced.

The Republican Trump says prospects for the agreement’s passage rest with Democrat Pelosi. He says: “If it gets put up for a vote, it passes, but so far, she hasn’t decided to do that.”

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3:55 p.m.

President Donald Trump says NATO member countries that he thinks aren’t spending enough on defense will be “dealt” with either through curtailed trade with the U.S. or possibly a tax.

Trump has complained for a long time that the U.S. is carrying too much of NATO's financial burden and that members that skimp on defense spending are freeloading off America.

Trump referenced countries that aren't keep their commitments and said “maybe I’ll deal with them from a trade standpoint.”

He also says he’ll work something out, “so they have to pay.”

Trump was speaking in London where he is attending at NATO summit.

Before Trump was elected, NATO members agreed to move “toward” a goal of spending 2% of their gross domestic product on their own defense by 2024.

Earlier this year, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the majority of NATO's 29 member countries have plans to reach that goal.

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3:40 p.m.

Increasingly tense relations between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron were on display when the subject of Islamic State fighters surfaced on the sidelines of the NATO summit in London.

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Macron Wants to Lead Europe . Why Would Europe Want That? Trump has given the French Macron 's call for NATO to pivot away from containing Putin and toward counterterrorism seems like If the U.S. declines play a uniting role in the democratic world, more parochial, divisive visions will

" NATO is a collective defense organization , but against what or against who? Who is our common Macron said that NATO needs "a common definition of terrorism, of who the terrorist groups are and It's clear Macron doesn't want Europe 's security to depend on the U.S. any longer. And I'm sure that

Trump says many of the IS fighters who remain detained in the Middle East are from France, Germany and Britain. Trump asked Macron: “Would you like some nice ISIS fighters? I can give them to you.”

Macron wasn’t amused.

Macron says he's looking at foreign fighters from France on a case-by-case basis and has taken back some fighters. Several French IS suspects will be returned to France on Dec. 9.

But he says the No. 1 problem is not foreign fighters, but in finishing the war against IS.

Trump told Macron his response was one of the “greatest non answers” he’s ever heard.

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3:25 p.m.

President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron are criticizing Turkey, which is part of NATO but has taken actions that have angered members of the alliance.

Trump said Tuesday that he had a great relationship with Turkey, although he said that the U.S. was considering imposing sanctions on Ankara for buying a Russian-made missile defense system. He spoke on the sidelines of a NATO summit in London.

Macron says Turkey and France cooperate on security, trade and migration. But he says that it's not possible for Turkey to be a member of the NATO alliance when it buys Russia's S-400 missile system.

The U.S. and other allies say the system is not compatible with NATO forces and could compromise the F-35 fighter jet program and aid Russian intelligence

Macron says NATO needs clarification from Turkey about its commitment to the alliance.

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2:45 p.m.

President Donald Trump is acknowledging a "minor dispute" over a French digital service tax and U.S. threats to slap new tariffs on French cheese, wine and other products.

Trump says he thinks the two nations will be able to resolve the trade dispute, possibly through some "mutually beneficial tax."

He spoke Tuesday to French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the NATO summit in London. The rapport between the two was respectful but appeared cooler than it has in the past.

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But some experts say if Macron wanted to shock allies into standing up more effective military power, he's "He already knows the answers he wants : A reset with Russia and a much weaker US role in One particularly controversial view Macron is pushing is that terrorism is the biggest threat to

Trump said he was happy to see NATO members increasing their defense spending but says even more needs to be done to share the financial burden of NATO.

Macron said NATO must not only be concerned about money but needs to refocus itself on new threats facing the alliance.

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2:35 p.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that NATO’s expansion poses a threat to his nation’s security.

Putin noted that the alliance was created to counter the Soviet Union and has continued to expand despite the Soviet collapse. He was speaking at a Tuesday meeting with military leaders ahead of a NATO summit in London.

He said that stereotypical “bloc thinking” isn’t a good way to make decisions in “rapidly changing global conditions.”

Putin said the alliance has stonewalled Moscow’s offers to cooperate in tackling global challenges, including international terrorism and countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. He alleged that NATO has treated Russia “rudely” and refused to take its interests into account.

Putin says NATO’s expansion and beefing up of its military infrastructure near Russia’s borders raises a “potential threat.”

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2:25 p.m.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg says climate change increasingly poses security risks, particularly in the Arctic region, and that NATO has a role to play in mitigating its impact.

Solberg says “climate change is a big insecurity creator” because it leads to more migration and less sustainable development that fuels extremism.

She says: “It’s much less costly to prevent climate change than to adapt to it.”

She was speaking in London on Tuesday ahead of a NATO summit.

Singling out China and the United States, Solberg said the challenges posed by global warming cannot be faced “without having the big emitters on board.”

She says China continues to open new coal mines to secure its energy needs even as heavy air pollution threatens the health of its people.

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11:30 a.m.

As NATO leaders trade barbs ahead of a tense summit in London, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says that Russia is watching developments at the alliance’s birthday meeting “with great attention.”

The 29-country trans-Atlantic military alliance was founded in 1949 to provide collective security for Europe against what was then the Soviet Union.

Peskov said Tuesday that NATO is “a product of the era of confrontation, the Cold War era,” something he says that Russia does not want to return to.

But he says that “an alliance that was created and shaped by the confrontation ideology, of course, can’t bring anything else” but confrontation.

Turkey’s increasingly close relations with Moscow — and its purchase of Russian air defense systems that are incompatible with NATO equipment — has added to tensions among the allies.

But Peskov says those ties are not hurting NATO.

France, meanwhile, also wants closer ties with Russia.

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10:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump is vowing to stay out of U.K. parliamentary elections set for this month but is praising incumbent Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership.

Trump says he and Johnson will meet during the two-day NATO leaders’ meeting in London, although the White House has not announced a sit-down.

While the British premier and Trump have a friendly relationship, Johnson is trying to keep Trump, who is unpopular in the U.K., at arms-length ahead of the Dec. 12 elections.

"I don't want to complicate it,” Trump told reporters at the start of a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Trump added that he’s a “fan” of Brexit and said he knows “nothing” of Johnson’s Labour Party rival, Jeremy Corbyn.

He described Johnson as “very capable" and said "he will do a good job."

Johnson is set to host Trump and other NATO leaders at a reception in London later Tuesday.

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9:45 a.m.

U.S. President Donald Trump says French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent comments that NATO is experiencing “brain death” is very insulting to the military alliance’s other 28 members.

Trump took aim at Macron with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg by his side and called his comments “very nasty.”

Macron said the alliance was experiencing “brain death” in an interview with the Economist published last month, suggesting that the alliance was becoming obsolete.

“Nobody needs NATO more than France,” Trump said.

Trump has repeatedly criticized fellow NATO members and complained that too few nations are on track to meet the alliance goal of spending at least 2% of GDP on defense by 2024.

Trump also lashed out at France for a digital service tax that he said unfairly discriminates against U.S. tech companies, including Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.

Robert Lighthizer, the chief U.S. trade representative, on Monday recommended the U.S. respond with $2.4 billion in new tariffs on French cheese, wine and other products.

Trump is scheduled to meet Macron later Tuesday on the sidelines of the NATO summit.

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8 a.m.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he still will not agree to a NATO defense proposal for Poland and the Baltic nations until the alliance supports Ankara's concerns related to Syrian Kurdish fighters.

Before departing to attend a NATO leaders’ summit in London, Erdogan said he would discuss the issue with the leaders of Poland and the Baltics during the gathering that marks the alliance's 70th birthday.

A plan to defend the Baltic nations in case of a Russian attack requires all member states’ backing.

Turkey has accused NATO allies of backing Baltic countries' security concerns but dismissing threats to Turkey from the Kurdish fighters.

Turkey considers the Kurdish fighters to be terrorists and invaded parts of northeast Syria to drive them away from its border.

Trump and Macron build bridges after diplomatic flare-up over Nato .
The US president accused the French leader of insulting other member states after he said the alliance was suffering ‘brain death’.The US president earlier denounced a claim by Mr Macron that the alliance was suffering from “brain death” as “very insulting” to other member states.

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