Pompeo criticises Russian Federation and China but says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation must change

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Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly said the pipeline is a purely private business concern.

Two days before the anniversary of the change of era, the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, made an explosive accusation that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation transatlantic association was suffering a "brain death, quot; and that Europe itself was "on the edge, quot;". Von der Leyen too on Friday defended North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as an "outstanding" shield.

This time, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit ended Friday, while Macron is only planning a flying visit on Sunday.

"I congratulate the German people on the tremendous strides that have been made in reuniting their country and in rebuilding former East Germany".

"The United States and its allies should "defend what was so hard-won.in 1989" and "recognise we are in a competition of values with unfree nations", he added".

Steinmeier said that today Germany and Europe faced fresh challenges.


In the face of such challenges, von der Leyen said Europe needs to bulk up against the world's biggest players. "And they must always be lived and defended again", he told guests from across the continent.

Pompeo said it would be irrational to consider Russian Federation a "worthy partner" in the Middle East though Washington wanted other countries' help put pressure on Iran to resume negotiations over its nuclear program and to "cut off its ability to fund terrorist proxies". But we would like to invite readers who can afford to do so, and for whom The Times of Israel has become important, to help support our journalism by joining The Times of Israel Community.

The protests and a stream of people fleeing East Germany piled pressure on the country's Communist government to open its borders to the West and ultimately end the nation's post-war division.

But he did not hesitate to name longstanding US-EU differences that have shifted into the spotlight under Trump's tenure. "In China, the Chinese Communist Party is shaping a new vision of authoritarianism".

While Huawei is a world leader in the technology, the USA and others including Germany's own security services have warned that it is close to Beijing.

In a solemn ceremony in a church located in the former "strip of death, quot; that divided East and West, Merkel said that the Berlin Wall reminds us "that we should do our part for freedom and democracy".

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