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Jostling for the job of Nato secretary-general is already under way. Javier Salona, the Spanish socialist who grew out of his early passion to stop his country from joining Nato to become a much admired secretary-general, has told colleagues in Brussels that he proposes to step down next year to bid for the prime ministership back home. If Solana makes it, expect Carlos Westendorp to go with him as foreign minister.

So who is in the running? Dutch prime minister Wim Kok looks like the favourite, although Germany’s Volker R?he could probably have it for the asking if Kohl loses…

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