16 Jul '17, 7am

Joseph Luns, one of the most unconventional SGs #NATO has ever had, passed away 15 years ago

Probably one of the most unconventional Secretary Generals NATO has ever had, Joseph Luns had a commanding presence and vibrant personality which he used unapologetically in his drive to place NATO at the forefront of transatlantic security and prosperity. He was also the longest serving Secretary General NATO has ever had – thirteen years from 1971 to 1984! With authority and a keen sense of humour, Luns chaired Council meetings rather informally compared to his predecessors. He called Ambassadors by their first name and put on slippers during lengthy Council discussions. However, Luns could become rather confrontational with those he felt were not supportive of the American view. High-minded yet visionary, he made it clear that staunch Atlanticism and a united Europe were complementary and expected others to get on board.

Full article: http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/declassified_137967.htm

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