Politico: Race for top EU and NATO posts sharpens divisions in Europe

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Relations between Eastern Europe and the rest of the European Union have been strained by the race for top positions in NATO and the EU. About it writes Politico newspaper.

The publication notes that almost 20 years after the accession of most Eastern European states to the European Union and NATO, they are still poorly represented in leadership positions of these associations. And amid rumors that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will become the new head of NATO, regional leaders fear that they will once again be left out. So in Eastern Europe they are already asking the question whether all participants in the EU and NATO are really equal.

After expansion, Central and Eastern Europe has a population of 110 million. There are five major positions in the EU and NATO that rotate every five years, for a total of 25 jobs. During this time, 20 percent of the EU receives 7 percent of positions“, said former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves.

According to the newspaper, Eastern Europe opposes the appointment of Rutte to the post of NATO Secretary General. At the same time, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania even believe that they are treated unfairly in the alliance. For example, former Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks claims that the people of his country feel that they were not consulted enough when selecting candidates to head NATO.

Politico pointed out that also in 2024 there is a fight in the EU for the posts of President of the European Council, President of the European Parliament and the EU’s chief diplomat and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The Eastern European is reportedly only being considered for one position – Estonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas is hoping to unseat Josep Borrell as High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs. However, an EU official, on condition of anonymity, told the publication that France and Germany may oppose her appointment.

Earlier, Politico wrote about another reason for disagreement in the West – different points of view on the scale of assistance to the Kyiv regime in the Ukrainian conflict.

Source: Ren TV

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