Latest North Atlantic Treaty Organization News

North Macedonia's parliament prepares to vote on a proposed center-right government

Jun. 22, 2024 14:35 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's parliament began a two-day debate leading up to a vote on the new government proposed by a center-right party that won May's national elections. Heading the proposed government is Hristijan Mickoski, a 46-year-old former engineering...

Nigel Farage, leader of Reform UK, criticized for saying West provoked Putin to invade Ukraine

Jun. 22, 2024 08:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Nigel Farage, leader of the right-wing Reform U.K party, is facing wide-ranging criticism across the political spectrum over his claim that the West provoked Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine, including of being an appeaser. In a BBC television...

US thanks Romania for its leader exiting the NATO leadership race to clear the way for Rutte

Jun. 21, 2024 11:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday thanked Romania for its president withdrawing from the race to lead NATO, saying the move would help ensure the Western military alliance stays properly focused. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered the message to his...

'Teflon Mark' Rutte set to bring consensus-building skills from Dutch politics as next NATO chief

Jun. 20, 2024 14:11 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Over the course of more than a dozen years at the top of Dutch politics, Mark Rutte got to know a thing or two about finding consensus among fractious coalition partners. Now he's on track to bring the experience of leading four Dutch multiparty governments to the...

NATO member Romania to send a Patriot missile system to neighboring Ukraine

Jun. 20, 2024 10:12 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — NATO member Romania’s top defense body said Thursday that the country will donate a Patriot missile system to neighboring Ukraine to help Kyiv in the war with Russia as Moscow’s forces continue to bombard civilian areas and energy infrastructure. The...

And then there was one: Mark Rutte. Romania's president withdraws from the race for NATO chief

Jun. 20, 2024 09:25 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Romania’s president has withdrawn from the race to become NATO’s next secretary general, leaving outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte all but certain to head the world’s biggest military organization from October. The office of President Klaus Iohannis...

Far-right leader Bardella backpedals on taking France out of NATO strategic military command

Jun. 19, 2024 09:57 AM EDT

VILLEPINTE, France (AP) — The far-right leader angling to become prime minister after France’s upcoming parliamentary election backtracked Wednesday on his party’s previous promise to pull out of NATO’s strategic military command. National Rally President Jordan Bardella said...

Dutch leader Mark Rutte clears a big hurdle to becoming NATO chief after Hungary lifts objections

Jun. 18, 2024 11:43 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungary on Tuesday lifted its veto on Mark Rutte becoming the next head of NATO after the outgoing Dutch prime minister gave written guarantees that he would not force the country to take part in the military alliance’s new plans to provide support to Ukraine. ...

Thousands of NATO troops join drills in the strategically sensitive Baltic Sea region

Jun. 18, 2024 11:35 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Some 9,000 troops from 20 NATO countries have been participating this month in military exercises in the Baltic Sea region, which has become strategically sensitive following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Sweden, which had joined the drills in the past, took...

A record number of NATO allies are hitting their defense spending target during war in Ukraine

Jun. 17, 2024 23:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A record 23 of NATO's 32 member nations are hitting the Western military alliance’s defense spending target this year, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday, as Russia's war in Ukraine has raised the threat of expanding conflict in Europe. The...