EU Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen sits before her speech on eve of the 30th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall in Berlin on Friday. Photo: AFP

US and EU warn of danger from China and Russia on Berlin Wall anniversary

  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urges Western allies to ‘recognise we are in a competition of values with unfree nations’
  • Incoming EU chief von der Leyen wants Europe to ‘learn the language of power’ in face of security challenges, saying soft power is not enough
Topic |   Germany

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EU Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen sits before her speech on eve of the 30th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall in Berlin on Friday. Photo: AFP
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French President Emmanuel Macron speaks at a press conference during the Nato summit in Brussels in July 2018. Photo: Reuters

France’s Emmanuel Macron laments Nato’s ‘brain death’ as Donald Trump’s US ‘turns its back on us’

  • French leader argues that EU must step up and start acting as a strategic world power
  • Germany’s Angela Merkel and Nato secretary general reject Macron’s criticism of alliance, setting scene for possible showdown at London summit
Topic |   Emmanuel Macron

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French President Emmanuel Macron speaks at a press conference during the Nato summit in Brussels in July 2018. Photo: Reuters
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