A representative of a European country becomes the next Secretary General of NATO, but his candidacy must be approved by Washington.
The Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, has become a serious contender for the post of head NATO.
It is reported edition Politico.
The source cites a White House announcement that says President Joe Biden plans to meet with Mette Frederiksen on June 5 to discuss relations between the two countries, strengthening NATO partnership, support for Ukraine and other issues.
Mette Frederiksen is likely to become the next NATO Secretary General after Jens Stoltenberg’s term expires, according to Politico. However, if the members of the alliance do not reach an agreement on a new leader, Stoltenberg could remain in office for several more months.
According to Politico, Mette Fredriksen meets several requirements for candidates for the post of NATO Secretary General. First, it is expected that the new leader will have experience as a prime minister or head of government. Secondly, among the desirable criteria is the representation of a woman, since previously all NATO secretaries-general were men.
The Danish prime minister herself insisted last month that she was not a candidate.
We will remind, some officials note that among the possible candidates are the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, the Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez and the Minister of Defense of Great Britain Ben Wallace. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas is also often mentioned as a contender.