-  Sunday 28 February 2021

Nato chief Scheffer slams poor co-operation with EU

 -  Gulf Times

(Jan 30 07 BERLIN) - The European Union and Nato could not deal jointly and effectively with a world crisis, Nato Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer warned in Berlin yesterday.

There was still a remarkable separateness about the two bodies, the Dutchman told an audience of 150 EU officials who met to discuss European defence policies at a conference hosted by the German Foreign Ministry.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that the potential in the strategic partnership agreed between the two bodies “has yet to be used”.

The German said the objective was to establish the “joint defence of Europe” in a “shared vision” that would bring savings to the individual nations, though he did not specify if he meant by this a single European armed force.

De Hoop Scheffer said one reason for the present weakness was that there were too many doubters, deliberately keeping the EU and Nato apart for fear of too much US influence.

He said the military alliance and the EU needed to link up to bring a turn for the better in the world’s crisis spots.
The EU was the world’s most powerful civilian body and Nato the most powerful military alliance, yet there was much doubling up of effort and a lack of co-operation between them, de Hoop Scheffer said.

Chief EU diplomat Javier Solana told the same conference that most EU nations did not spend enough on defence and would miss joint targets for 2010.

He said the US invested far more in its armed forces and arsenal.

Gulf Times


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