Interview with Günther
Assistant Secretary General
for Political Affairs
In December 2002, NATO and the EU signed a landmark agreement that opened
the way for closer political and military co-operation between the two
organisations. Günther Altenburg, NATO Assistant Secretary General
for Political Affairs, explains the main features of this agreement and
the evolution of NATO-EU relations.
|What is meant by a "strategic
partnership" between NATO and the EU? What are its
|What can or will this “strategic
partnership” bring about? What will Europeans and
Americans see as concrete, tangible results?
|Will the strategic partnership
be limited to Europe - for example the Balkans - or do you
see it going further than that?
|How will these decisions
affect countries such as Norway and Turkey, who are members
of NATO but not of the European Union?
|Will the EU be taking over
NATO peacekeeping operations in the Balkans?
|How will NATO and EU cooperate
in the fight against terrorism?
|There are some who see
the NATO Response Force and the EU Rapid Reaction Force
as being in competition with each other. What is your opinion?
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