Before, during and after the weekend I have been occupied with NATO one way or the other because no one is certain if the Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen will be the next Secretary-General of NATO.
I remember last time Denmark had a candidate for the post back in 1995 where the then Secretary-General Willy Claes was forced to leave. In his place the Clinton Administration backed the former Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, but France opposed him because of Denmark’s criticism of France’s nuclear testing in the Pacific and because Mr. Elleman-Jensen does not speak acceptable French. The French wanted the Spanish Javier Solana and got him.
On Friday the German newspaper Süddeutschen Zeitung wrote that the Brits, the German and the French back the Danish Prime Minister and therefor is a strong candidate for the post.
I think that if the Danish Prime Minister wants a international post within the EU he may take the NATO post for strategic reasons. His ambitions is more likely to become President of the European Commission or of the European Union Council, but before we know what the Irish say to the Lisbon Treaty many things can change.
Instead Anders Fogh Rasmussen can do like the Spanish Javier Solana, who took the post at NATO i 1995 and then moved on to the become the first European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy in 1999. It seems to make sense for the Danish Prime Minister to do make the same move. When his term is over at NATO it will be time to find new presidents at the EU and if he has done a good job at NATO, he will be a strong candidate for the top positions.