US "Backs Danish PM for NATO Job", Bulgaria's Bidder Out
The US is prepared to back Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen to be the next secretary general of NATO, US and alliance sources say, as cited by BBC.
The current secretary general, Dutch diplomat Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, steps down at the end of July.
Rasmussen, Denmark's premier since 2001, is already reported to have the backing of France, Germany and Britain, following a private agreement between the leaders of the four countries.
The agreement leaves out Solomon Passy, Bulgaria's candidate to be the next Secretary-General of NATO. Passy is former foreign minister and current head of the parliamentary foreign affairs commission.
While both Rasmussen and Passy are seen as pro-American politicians, Rasmussen is believed to stand for the pro-Americans part of Western Europe, whereas Passy would stand for Eastern Europe's interests within the Alliance.
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