The North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) is a central pillar of Germany’s security and defence policy. With 30 members at present, NATO guarantees security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area.
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.
Cooperative security is a core task of NATO. NATO is not only a defence alliance, but also a security alliance. Cooperation with partners, that is, countries and organisations that are not members of NATO, is becoming increasingly important.
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.