Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister of France | December 7, 2012
NATO has to remain a special instrument of the trans-Atlantic relationship. ++ The return of France to integrated command, however, must not affect the independence of its foreign policy. ++ Events like the Libya crisis have demonstrated the need for common European action and European defense policy. ++ NATO members should actively and calmly discuss a new sharing of security and defense responsibilities. ++ In this regard, NATO will be a crucial player but "Defense Europe" also requires a common European initiative.