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AF. Rasmussen attempts to circumvent Cathy Ashton. The maneuver fails

The rapprochement between the European Union and NATO is failing. And always for the same reasons that the reader of this blog now knows: the dispute between Cyprus and Turkey. This does not prevent certain pragmatic solutions from being developed, such as for the battlegroups (in which Turkey participated) or Afghanistan (on the protection of European police officers at Eupol by NATO forces). But there is no general agreement.

The Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, was determined to advance his file and put pressure on the Europeans. So he recently contacted Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council. Official objective: to examine how NATO and the EU can move closer together. Unofficial objective: to bypass the High Representative, Cathy Ashton, and divide the Europeans a little. This time the maneuver failed. Herman Van Rompuy's first instinct was, in fact, to agree to such a meeting. But he invited Cathy Ashton, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs, to join them. It was therefore finally around a breakfast for three that the former Danish Prime Minister tried, Tuesday morning, to convince the Europeans to make a gesture towards Turkey, by resuming his classic argument already developed in Palma de Mallorca. a year ago. It seems that the solution has not yet been found...

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).