German Minister Proposes Nuclear Shield with France and Britain If Trump Wins!

World | February 15, 2024, Thursday // 13:26
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Amid growing concerns over the reliability of the United States' nuclear shield under a potential second term of Donald Trump, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner has suggested the possibility of a European nuclear shield, with contributions from the United Kingdom and France.

In an interview with "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung," Lindner highlighted the need for Europe to reassess its nuclear deterrence strategy in response to Trump's recent remarks. Trump's warning that the US may not defend NATO member states unless they invest 2% of their GDP in defense has prompted European leaders to consider alternative security measures.

Lindner emphasized that the strategic nuclear forces of France and Britain already play a role in Europe's security. He called for further dialogue on the conditions under which Paris and London would expand their nuclear capabilities for collective security. The proposal underscores the shifting dynamics within NATO and the growing urgency for European nations to bolster their defense capabilities.

French President Emmanuel Macron's previous call for a "strategic dialogue" on the role of France's nuclear deterrence in Europe has gained traction among influential German politicians. Manfred Weber of the European People's Party and Katharina Barley of the Social Democratic Party have expressed support for discussions with France and the UK, signaling a potential shift in Germany's stance on nuclear cooperation.

However, not all German politicians share this view. Defense Minister Boris Pistorius cautioned against hasty discussions, citing Trump's uncertain status as a presidential candidate. Ralf Stegner warned against the escalation of nuclear proliferation in Europe, highlighting the risks associated with the establishment of a European nuclear force.

As the debate unfolds, questions linger over the future of Europe's defense strategy and its reliance on the US nuclear umbrella. With Trump's candidacy gaining momentum, European leaders face mounting pressure to explore alternative security arrangements to safeguard the continent's interests.

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