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 key function of the alliance.
International crisis management is an important task for NATO
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.
Even in times of financial austerity, maintaining the Alliance’s security and capability to take action remains important.