At a time of economic crisis, changed geo-politics, and growing nuclear dangers, a group of over 30 senior European politicians, military figures and diplomats have urged NATO leaders to deal with more than Afghanistan when they meet in Chicago this weekend.
In a jointly signed statement, 45 European leaders, including members of the Top Level Group, call for:
The Group, coordinated through the European Leadership Network (ELN), a new pan- European defence and security organisation based in London, challenges the Alliance to use its Deterrence and Defence Posture Review (DDPR) to learn the lessons of the Libya operation and to strengthen NATO’s overall defence capabilities against 21st Century threats. It also urges the alliance to focus on the legacy systems of the Cold War in Europe by taking practical action to reduce nuclear risks on the continent, and to re-think what is needed to strengthen core NATO concepts such as burden-sharing, alliance solidarity and the transatlantic link.
Read the full statement here.