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Status: 26.06.2024 11:06 a.m.

Now it's official: NATO has appointed outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte as its new Secretary General. The 57-year-old is about to succeed Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg in October.

The outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has been formally appointed as the subsequent Secretary General of NATO. The 57-year-old is to succeed the Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg in the beginning of October, the protection alliance introduced after a gathering of the everlasting representatives of the 32 NATO states on the Brussels headquarters. Stoltenberg will then have held the highest publish for ten years.

Stoltenberg mentioned of the personnel choice: “I very much welcome the fact that NATO allies have chosen Mark Rutte as my successor. Mark is a true transatlanticist, a strong leader and someone who builds consensus.” He wished him each success and knew that he was handing NATO over to good arms.

Rutte's contract initially runs for 4 years. The Dutchman is taken into account to be an especially skilled international coverage maker. He was most just lately head of presidency of the Netherlands for nearly 14 years, longer than anybody earlier than him, making him one of many longest-serving within the EU.

Political Coordination processes coordinate

The principal job of the NATO Secretary General is to coordinate the political coordination processes between the Allies and to make sure that consensus might be reached even on tough points. Because he may make strategies for motion, he performs a vital position, particularly in occasions of disaster or battle.

In addition, the Secretary General represents the protection alliance on the worldwide degree and heads NATO headquarters as the very best administrative official.

Upcoming challenges

The new job is more likely to be a very massive problem for Rutte if Donald Trump returns to the White House after the US presidential election in November. Statements by the Republican up to now had raised doubts as as to whether the US would totally stand by its dedication to help underneath his management. During his time period in workplace from 2017 to 2021, Trump had already repeatedly railed in opposition to what he thought-about to be too low protection spending by European allies and at occasions even threatened to withdraw the US from the alliance.

Even if Trump will not be re-elected, Rutte shall be underneath nice stress. This is especially as a result of Russia's conflict in opposition to Ukraine has utterly modified the safety atmosphere, however the allies will not be in settlement, for instance, about whether or not Ukraine ought to be given a transparent perspective for becoming a member of NATO in these occasions or not. Countries like Germany and the USA are in opposition to it as a result of they worry that such a step might result in Russia persevering with its conflict much more aggressively. Countries like Poland or the Baltic states, then again, don’t see the danger.

Long blockade by Hungary and Romania

Rutte's appointment was preceded by a months-long blockade of the appointment by member states similar to Hungary and Romania. Only final week did they provide up their opposition to the Dutchman, thus paving the best way for the mandatory consensus within the North Atlantic Council.

Hungary gave in after Rutte agreed to Hungarian calls for. One of them was that Hungary needed to ensure that it might not be pressured into taking part in a deliberate NATO mission to coordinate arms deliveries to Ukraine. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's authorities fears that the mission might push the alliance into direct confrontation with Russia.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis had himself been a candidate for the publish. However, after Orban's choice, he formally withdrew his utility. Chancellor Olaf Scholz had already publicly backed Rutte in February. Additional help additionally got here from the USA and Great Britain.