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Mark Rutte Poised to Become Next NATO Secretary General

Outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is expected to be the next NATO Secretary General. After securing support from Hungary's Viktor Orbán and Slovakia's President Peter Pellegrini, Rutte seems poised to lead the alliance, addressing challenges including long-term support for Ukraine and US relations.
Mark Rutte, the outgoing prime minister of the Netherlands, is favored to become the next NATO Secretary General after making significant headway with Hungary and Slovakia.

He assured Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán that Budapest’s forces and funds would not be deployed to support Ukraine.

Orbán, one of NATO's closest leaders to Russia, announced he would support Rutte’s bid after receiving reassurances.

Slovak President Peter Pellegrini has also voiced support for Rutte.

With backing from Hungary and Slovakia, only Romania remains undecided.

Rutte, a center-right politician known as 'Teflon Mark', has served as Dutch prime minister for 14 years and is expected to take over after the upcoming NATO summit in Washington DC.

Current Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg anticipates a conclusion to the selection process soon.

Rutte’s main challenges as NATO’s potential leader include securing long-term support for Ukraine and managing relations with the US, especially if Donald Trump, a NATO skeptic, returns to power.

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