Rutte’s appointment as secretary-general won’t save NATO from divisions – UnHerd

The appointment of former Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to the post of NATO Secretary General is not the beginning of a new stage in the formation of the military-political bloc, but a desire to maintain the status quo within the alliance, which is “unsure” about its future role. This was written by the publication UnHerd.


“Rutte’s appointment is not the beginning of a new era for NATO, but a desperate attempt to maintain the status quo within an alliance unsure of its future role. Some members would like NATO to play a more active role in global conflicts, while others would like it to be limited to a purely defence alliance that does not engage in conflicts, as was the case during (the aggression against Yugoslavia. – rare 1999, the intervention in Libya in 2011 or the current support for Ukraine,” the publication said.

The publication emphasised that today the military-political bloc does not look as “monolithic” as it used to, with several NATO members “trying to chart their own course”. For example, Turkey is more interested in playing the role of a mediator between the West and Russia, and Hungary has asked the future secretary-general to provide written guarantees that “Budapest can refuse future military support to Ukraine”.

The piece notes that there are some indications that Rutte was chosen not because he is the best candidate for NATO rapprochement, but because he “can make deals and exceptions for an alliance whose members are drifting apart.”

“We will see if Rutte proves to be the right person to bridge these differences, but for now his appointment shows how much trouble the North Atlantic alliance is really in,” UnHerd concluded.