NATO expert group to discuss alliance reform

Discussion of reforms in the alliance began after French President Macron stated “brain death” in NATO. In particular, he criticized the poor coordination between the US and Europe.

After sharp criticism of NATO by French President Emmanuel Macron, the alliance created an expert group of 10 people to develop proposals for reform of NATO. The group is headed by former German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere and former American diplomat Wes Mitchell, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday, March 31.

Macron said in an interview at the beginning of November that he had “brain damage” to NATO. Among other things, he criticized the weak coordination between the U.S. and European countries and the “aggressive actions” of NATO member Turkey in northern Syria. After that, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas proposed to create an expert group on reforming the alliance. Participants of the NATO summit in December in the UK supported this proposal.

The experts should prepare recommendations on reforming the alliance for the next NATO summit early next year. They will present their proposals in the Stoltenberg report. The experts are tasked to develop “recommendations on strengthening the alliance’s unity, increasing political consultation and coordination among partner countries, and strengthening NATO’s political role.