is still the heart of NATO
The shared commitment of all NATO member states to protect their own security and that of other nations remains the duty of NATO, said Chancellor Angela Merkel shortly before the NATO anniversary summit began in Baden-Baden. Today, however, NATO must take on new tasks too.
In April NATO will be celebrating its sixtieth anniversary. Germany and France are jointly hosting the celebrations. The NATO summit meeting on 3 and 4 April will be held in Baden-Baden and Kehl on the German side of the border and in Strasbourg on the French side. The Summit will focus on the 60th anniversary. The 26 existing member states will be welcoming Albania and Croatia as new members.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is the world's largest security policy alliance. Originally conceived as an alliance for collective defence in the event of an attack on member states, its significance has since undergone considerable change.
Germany has been a democratic federal state since 1949. Some 82 million inhabitants live here. The official language is German. The currency is the euro. The official public holiday on 3 October serves as a reminder of Germany's reunification in 1990.