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The alliance of tomorrow should be more political and more responsive - that is the central message of the report published on December 1 by the so-called NATO reflection group. Exactly one year earlier, at the anniversary summit in London, the heads of state and government commissioned the secretary-general to carry out a forward-looking analysis. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg set up the twelve-person group of experts and requested a report for the autumn meeting of NATO foreign ministers. Some examples of suggestions from the group:

  • In order to improve NATO's ability to act, the expert group suggests streamlining decision-making without scratching the consensus principle. The general secretary is to be given more extensive powers. It should be harder to block resolutions. Such blockades of individual nations arise when the nations refuse to consent to resolutions of the alliance. The threshold for such a veto is to be increased. Such a veto should only be able to be entered at the ministerial level - no longer at the working level. This is supposed to make a veto more difficult.
  • In order to be able to start new operations in which not all members want to participate, coalitions are to be made possible within the alliance structures by creating a "more structured mechanism". That could mean that certain operations only have to be decided by the states that are involved, but that NATO structures can still be used.
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