The competition to lead NATO is getting increasingly intense. The winner is still an unknown because much of the race is conducted in the dark.

The secretary-general of the transatlantic military alliance for nine years has been the Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg, who will retire at the end of September.

Many allies want him to be replaced as soon as possible, preferably before the NATO meeting in Lithuania in the middle of July.

The 31 countries that make up NATO—from the United States to its newest member, Finland, to Turkey—have not much time left. They might request a fourth term extension from Stoltenberg.

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