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Does NATO have a future? Members row over priorities at 70th anniversary

THE DEBATE
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As alliance members sit down for an anniversary summit in London, tensions are out in the open over US demands that fellow members pay more, over Donald Trump's nod to Turkey to cross into Syria to take on Kurdish militias, and over the same Turks threatening to veto support for Russia-wary Baltic states and Poland if they do not back Recep Tayyip Erdogan's offensive.

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There are also tensions over French President Emmanuel Macron's warning that NATO was experiencing "brain death". He insists it was to spark debate and jolt alliance members into action to ensure a body created for the Cold War remains relevant in these times of shifting alliances and asymmetrical warfare. Did Macron do right with his remarks? 

What's the grand plan to ensure the long-term security of Europe? This at a time when going it alone is making a comeback in the US but also in Brexit-bound Britain, which is hosting the summit nine days before a general election.

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Ariana Mozafari.

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