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Norway’s Stoltenberg not NATO confirmed, just for Aftenposten. COMMENTARY: Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is certainly a strong candidate for NATO Secretary General. Speculation as to whether Labour (Ap) leader Stoltenberg will succeed Denmark’s Anders Fogh Rasmussen has been circulating in the media since Norwegian daily Aftenposten recently proclaimed the news. “He's a pretty strong candidate,” one NATO diplomat has told the Press.

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Norway’s Stoltenberg not NATO confirmed, just for Aftenposten

Published on Tuesday, 25th March, 2014 at 09:05 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 25th March 2014 at 10:29.

COMMENTARY: Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is certainly a strong candidate for NATO Secretary General.

PM Jens Stoltenberg pictured in Kirkenes
Norway's former Prime Minister pictured during his campaigning for a third term in office.PM Jens Stoltenberg pictured in Kirkenes
Photo: Kilian Munch/PM's Office/Flickr


Speculation as to whether Labour (Ap) leader Stoltenberg will succeed Denmark’s Anders Fogh Rasmussen has been circulating in the media since Norwegian daily Aftenposten recently proclaimed the news.

“He's a pretty strong candidate,” one NATO diplomat has told the Press.

Aftenposten reported Stoltenberg has gained support of Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and French President François Hollande.

While Stoltenberg may be a favourite, not everyone has revealed their support, however.

Incumbent Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has avoided stating whether her country will be doing so, though she has continued to praise Norway’s former PM.

“I think he was a really good Prime Minister of Norway, and he has always been deeply involved in international politics too,” she said.

Jens ‘Climate’ Stoltenberg is not alone in the race for leadership either. Other candidates allegedly include Polish Foreign Minister Radoslav Sikorski and, former Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, and EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso.

At the same time, polls have certainly shown Mr Stoltenberg’s popularity is still strong after losing last year’s general election following two successive terms.  

The 55-year old has been credited for raising awareness of pandemic diseases and global warming.

For Aftenposten, it seems like Stoltenberg is as good as picked, the paper quotes central unnamed sources as confirming to them.

“There’s no basis for congratulating me with a new job”, Stoltenberg told NRK, Tuesday, “[…] we’re not where someone is to be congratulated. No decisions have been taken, and I'm not going to say anything about this.”

Should Stoltenberg get the post, he will be met with his first challenge from Russia.

Their annexation of the Ukraine’s Crimea has weakened attempts for NATO and Russia to work together. They have also recently been banned from the G8 following the move.

It is believed various nations’ Foreign Ministers will discuss the future NATO leadership candidate further when they meet in Brussels between April 1st and 2nd.

“It’s very difficult to know who the next NATO Secretary General will be as the whole selection process is archaic and takes place behind closed doors,” Ian Davis, Director of virtual think tank NATO Watch told The Foreigner. “There ought to be a better way of selecting this person in the 21st Century.”

Mr Davis describes his organisation as a part-watchdog, part advocate of improved transparency and accountability in NATO.

“Jens Stoltenberg could certainly be a front-runner, and there’ll probably be a lot of arm-twisting behind the scenes to ensure he is the next NATO Secretary General if the four strongest countries have come out in support of this,” said Mr Davis.

Talking of media reports of Stoltenberg’s possible success, Mr Davis added that “but in the end, it’s speculating about speculations.”




Published on Tuesday, 25th March, 2014 at 09:05 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 25th March 2014 at 10:29.

This post has the following tags: nato, jensstoltenberg, norway.





  
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