Stoltenberg takes helm at pumped-up NATO


BRUSSELS: Former Norwegian premier Jens Stoltenberg will on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) take charge of a revitalized North Atlantic Treaty Organization which less than a year ago looked like a Cold War dinosaur in a fast-changing world. The alliance has a newfound sense of purpose, thanks to the Ukraine crisis but Stoltenberg will be aware that it must also face up to many other and longer-term challenges, analysts said. It is simplistic to focus just on Russia, they caution, when what is needed is a “21st century threat response” which requires money and a sustained political commitment from all 28 member states.



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