The North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) is a central pillar of Germany’s security and defence policy. With 31 members at present, NATO guarantees security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area. The Alliance’s newest member is Finland who joined on 4 April 2023.
Collective defence is the core task of the North Atlantic Alliance.
NATO is making a valuable contribution to stabilising crisis regions and to fighting international terrorism.
NATO is not just a defence alliance, it is also a platform for security cooperation. Cooperation with partners who are not members is essential given the current security situation.
The North Atlantic Alliance has an “open door policy”, which means NATO is in principle open to admitting new members.
NATO must remain capable of action at all times. Only in this way can it perform the task of ensuring security. For this, Allies must among other things have modern and operational armed forces that can be employed in a wide range of possible scenarios.