Reports denied – Ursula von der Leyen: No change in NATO


Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, has received reports of her alleged planned move to head the Western defense alliance that NATO has rejected. A spokesman for the Commission explicitly denied the media reports on Saturday, describing them as “baseless speculation”.

The British newspaper “Sun” had reported that the former German defense minister was a candidate to succeed NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. His term of office was last extended due to Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, but it expires at the end of September.

Stoltenberg will not extend his term of office
In February, Stoltenberg rejected reports of a possible further extension of his term. The Norwegian has led the alliance since the end of 2014.

The alliance’s 30 member states usually agree behind the scenes on who will lead the organization. An American is usually the military commander-in-chief, while the secretary-general comes from the ranks of the other, mostly European, member states.

Source: Krone


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