There is no formal election for a new leader of NATO; instead, a new leader is elected by consensus.
Traditionally, although the USA doesn’t put up a candidate, they do have a big say in who takes the role while a US General normally serves as Supreme Allied Commander of Europe.
Meanwhile, it is believed current Defence Secretary Ben Wallace is in the running to be the first British NATO Secretary General in 20 years with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak believed to be backing his bid.
Meanwhile, the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag has reported that Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is also in the running.
Other candidates include Canada’s Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland. However, a NATO source told the Sun the half-Ukrainian half-Canadian is unlikely to get the job after Canada failed to meet the alliance-wide target of spending two percent of GDP on defence.
Finland, which shares an 832-mile border with Russia, could be formally welcomed into NATO “within days” according to Jens Stoltenberg. The announcement comes after Turkey ratified the Nordic country’s accession.
On Friday, Jens Stoltenberg said: “All 30 NATO allies have now ratified the accession protocol. Finland will formally join our alliance in the coming days.” The move ends decades of Finnish neutrality over NATO.
Finnish Prime Minister, Sanna Marin tweeted: “As allies, we will give and receive security. We will defend each other. Finland stands with Sweden now and in the future and supports its application.”
Finland’s final step towards membership will be its “instrument of accession”, a document signed by its foreign minister.