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10 May 2006
The development of a Common European Security and Defence Policy (CESDP) poses a major security and defence challenge for the United States. On one hand, there is a desire to encourage a greater defence role from the European members of NATO, especially in terms of burden sharing costs. On the other, the United States does not wish to see Europe completely operating on its own or independently. Since the meeting in Cologne by the European Council in June 1998, the debate on how to construct a military capacity has been the main driving force behind the development of a CESDP.