A big majority of Europeans (73 percent) say NATO should be engaged in the territorial defense of Europe; by comparison, 59 percent of Americans and 57 percent of Turks wanted NATO so engaged.
These are among the results of a survey conducted by the German Marshall Fund of the US between June 2 and June 26 covering trans-Atlantic security cooperation and other issues.
The survey was based on questions asked to a random sample of 1,000 men and women in 13 countries (10 EU countries: France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom plus the United States, Russia and Turkey).
“In area or out of business. NATO should go back to basic territorial defense. There is less enthusiasm for out of area expeditions. Article 5 [on collective NATO defense] is back in,” was how Ian Lesser, senior director, foreign and security policy, at the German Marshall Fund of the US, interpreted the data at a launch event of the survey here Tuesday.
While a majority of Americans (53 percent) said that NATO should provide arms or training to other countries to help defend themselves, a majority of Europeans (52 percent) disagreed.
Both Europeans (61 percent) and Americans (58 percent) agreed that NATO is still essential to their security.