CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Hear the music? You know what time it is. I'm Carl Azuz and get ready to cross the Atlantic because today's show starts in London, United Kingdom. This is not where you'll find the headquarters of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. But it is where you'll find its members meeting on this 70th anniversary of the alliance. NATO's been called the strongest military alliance in the world. Two of its 29 members are the United States and Canada. The other 27 are European countries. And NATO was created after World War II to help balance out the influence of the Soviet Union in eastern Europe.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, NATO's focus has changed. And its members don't always see eye to eye on its future. In the past as a U.S. presidential candidate, Donald Trump called NATO obsolete. And as president of the nation that contributes the most money to NATO he's criticized many of its other members for not contributing the minimum amount under NATO's guidelines. But more recently, President Trump has said NATO serves a great purpose and that it's now getting stronger. Compare that to what French President Emmanuel Macron recently said about NATO, that the organization is experiencing brain death because there's not enough coordination between the U.S. and Europe regarding NATO.
Some other leaders of NATO countries including Canada and the Netherlands publicly disagreed with that. And German Chancellor Angela Merkel said judgments like it aren't necessary even if NATO's members have problems and need to pull together. They'll be discussing ways to do just that over their two day summit in London.
苏联在1991年解体，此后北约的主要目标发生变化 。其成员国对组织的未来并不总是看法一致 。唐纳德·特朗普还是美国总统候选人时，曾称北约已经过时 。而当选北约军费最大贡献国（指美国）的总统后，特朗普曾指责北约大多数成员国未按北约规定支付应承担的费用 。但最近，特朗普总统表示，北约发挥着重要作用，而且日益壮大 。这与法国总统埃马纽埃尔·马克龙近期对北约的评价形成对比，马克龙说，北约正在经历脑死亡，因为美国和欧洲在北约事务方面没有进行足够的协调 。
包括加拿大和荷兰在内，其他多名北约成员国领导人公开反对马克龙的言论 。德国总理安格拉·默克尔表示，即使北约成员国存在问题且需要团结一致，这也是不必要的判断 。伦敦召开的北约峰会为期两天，各成员国将讨论解决这一问题的方法 。
1. balance out （使）平衡；（使）相抵；（使）抵消；
Outgoings and revenues balanced out.
2. see eye to eye 与…看法一致；
Yuriko sa w eye to eye with Yul on almost every aspect of the production.
3. disagree with 不赞成；反对；
We disagree with every point Mr Blunkett makes.
4. pull together 齐心协力；团结起来；通力合作；
The nation was urged to pull together to avoid a slide into complete chaos.