Mark Rutte, next Secretary-General of NATO

Mark Rutte, the outgoing Dutch Prime Minister, has been appointed as the next Secretary-General of NATO, succeeding Jens Stoltenberg on October 1. His selection followed the withdrawal of his main opponent, Klaus Iohannis, and was backed by major NATO countries, requiring a unanimous vote. Rutte faces significant challenges, including maintaining support for Ukraine amidst its conflict with Russia, navigating the potential return of Donald Trump, and ensuring NATO’s unity. NATO, founded in 1949, has key historical milestones such as invoking Article 5 after 9/11 and practices like the Open Door Policy. Its headquarters moved to Brussels in 1967, and it won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.

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