NATO ministers gather amid tensions with France

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO foreign ministers are gathering in Brussels to prepare a leaders’ summit in two weeks amid tensions over French President Emmanuel Macron’s complaints about the “brain death” of the alliance.

France said it’s concerned about a lack of United States (US) leadership at NATO, the unpredictability of Turkey after its invasion of northern Syria and the need for Europe to take on more security responsibilities.

Yesterday’s meeting at NATO headquarters is aimed at finalising the “summit deliverables”; the results will be announced at the December 3-4 leaders’ gathering near London.