Europe can still salvage this embarrassing shambles of a Nato summit – here's how

Europe can still salvage this embarrassing shambles of a Nato summit – here's how
President Trump launched into a surprising attack on Germany at today's Nato meeting Credit: Ludovic Marin/POOL AFP

Nato's latest gathering risks turning into a sham, but Europe can still turn it around

The first day of the Nato summit has confirmed the worst fears of Nato’s alliance managers. Despite a seemingly promising Summit Declaration confirming defence for Ukraine and adherence to the Wales 2014 commitments, many problems remain unresolved.

In a similar vein to the letters sent to specific Nato member states thought to be shirking their contributions, President Trump launched into a surprising attack on Germany, asserting that they are “controlled by Russia”. The remark – and the large helping of irony that came with it – provoked German leader Angela Merkel to respond in kind, stating that Germany...

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