Speaking to delegates at the annual Brussels Forum conference on security, Rasmussen stressed that the continent should not take its alliance with the United States for granted.
"We have a strong responsibility to demonstrate a clear commitment politically as well as through investment in necessary capabilities," he said, referring to a gradual decline in European defense spending.
Note EU-Digest: What is wrong about being a "paper tiger". Europe has had centuries of experience related to having powerful armies and the result has always been disaster.
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