Nato head calls for greater European defence effort
BRUSSELS (AFP) - Nato head Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged Europe on Thursday to share more of its military burden with the United States, pressing for a strong and coherent defence industry.
"To deliver a strong Europe we also need a strong European defence industrial base," Mr Rasmussen said in an address on strengthening the 28-member Nato alliance led by the United States.
"So far, the European defence industry remains too national and too fragmented. This is why I welcome the European Commission's proposals to enhance the industry's efficiency and competitiveness," he said.
The European Union has in recent years created a foreign service arm and developed a defence policy element which allows it to mount limited operations, such as an anti-piracy group off the Horn of Africa.