Washington presses Europe over defense plans

  • 2003-10-23
  • By Michael Thurston AFP
BRUSSELS - NATO ambassadors held informal talks Oct. 20 to try to defuse a trans-Atlantic row over EU plans to boost its defense capacity, which have sparked warnings from the United States against undermining the alliance.U.S. Ambassador to NATO Nicholas Burns warned last week that the European Union plans, which are being drawn up as part of negotiations for a new EU constitution, were a "significant threat" to the organization's future."What the Americans want to know is what is happening in the EU," said a NATO official ahead of the meeting which will prepare for a more formal, joint ...
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