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Spring 2000

Europe: Defending Ourselves

Javier Solana, the former secretary general of NATO, is high representative of the European Union for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and secretary general of the Western European Union.

Brussels - The European Union has taken momentous decisions over the past year on its common security and defense policy. These are important decisions for the United States and the European allies that are not members of the European Union. They will allow the European members of the Alliance to contribute more effectively to NATO and NATO-led operations and to undertake operations on their own when the Alliance as a whole is not engaged. Once implemented, the decisions will make a positive contribution to transatlantic security.

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