NATO at 70: How that happened and what’s next

It’s birthday time for NATO as the Alliance was established on April 4, 1949. Taking into account that NATO was born in a very different era are you surprised that NATO celebrates 70th anniversary? Do you think that NATO will celebrate also 80th, or maybe even 100th anniversary, or perhaps not, and why? Read few comments.

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Does Bucharest Nine matter?

Meeting of Bucharest Nine (Poland, Czechia, Hungary, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria) takes place in Kosice, Slovakia, representatives of nine countries but also NATO SecGen Jens Stoltenberg join this meeting. What kind of added value, if any, could such format bring into the debate about European security and defense? Read few comments.
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Will an arm race in Europe reappear without INF missile ban?

We are basically counting hours before the Trump administration will announce that it will walk away from the INF Treaty. It will create a new situation, so what could be done to mitigate the damage and should we be worried about possible new arms race in Europe? Read few comments.

All Allies agreed that Russia’s SSC-8 system violates the INF Treaty, says NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: https://www.nato.int/

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What will Trump do about NATO?

According to NY Times President Trump discussed pulling U.S. from NATO and Fox News Tucker Carlson (and I am pretty sure Trump watched this) asked if American kids get to die for Baltic states. Should Europe be worried about this, or not, and why? Read few comments.

What to expect from Trump at NATO summit?

Do  you think that President Donald Trump can cause some real headaches during the NATO summit, or there is a chance it will be less dramatic? Read few comments.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the
United States of America, Donald Trump. Credit: http://www.nato.int

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How would you describe upcoming NATO summit?

In terms of initiatives that are on the table how would you assess the upcoming NATO summit, does it have an ambitious agenda or is it more about how NATO is mostly completing issues that we are dealing with for some time, or is it a bit of both, and why? Read few comments.

New NATO headquarter. Credit: https://www.nato.int/

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Will transatlantic relations continue to deteriorate?

Are Trump’s tariffs a reason for serious concerns regarding US-EU relations? Where are we heading, towards more confrontation with some political, security consequences or this is perhaps an exaggeration? Read few comments.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and US President Donald Trump. Credit: www.nato.int

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