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Jens Stoltenberg takes helm of NATO

Jens Stoltenberg takes helm of NATO

BRUSSELS, Oct. 1 (UPI) --Norway's former prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, began his appointment Wednesday as NATO's new secretary general.
JC Finley
Afghanistan signs Bilateral Security Agreement with U.S.

Afghanistan signs Bilateral Security Agreement with U.S.

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 30 (UPI) --Afghanistan's new government signed a much delayed Bilateral Security Agreement with the U.S. and a Status of Forces Agreement with NATO on Tuesday.
JC Finley
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to step down Sept. 30

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to step down Sept. 30

BRUSSELS, Sept. 29 (UPI) --NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen bid farewell to NATO members and NATO staff as he prepares to step down September 30.
JC Finley
NATO 'respects' results of Scotland's independence referendum

NATO 'respects' results of Scotland's independence referendum

BRUSSELS, Sept. 19 (UPI) --NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen commented Friday after the results of the Scottish referendum for independence were announced.
JC Finley
U.S., NATO reject legitimacy of elections in Russian-occupied Crimea

U.S., NATO reject legitimacy of elections in Russian-occupied Crimea

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) --The United States and NATO denounced the recent elections held in Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula as illegitimate because they occurred under Russian occupation.
JC Finley
NATO trumpets 'resolve' against threats

NATO trumpets 'resolve' against threats

BRUSSELS, Sept. 8 (UPI) --NATO is forming a rapid response military force amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine and is calling for members to meet a defense spending guideline.
Richard Tomkins
NATO leaders agree on European rapid-response force

NATO leaders agree on European rapid-response force

NEWPORT, Wales, Sept. 5 (UPI) --The NATO summit in Newport, Wales announced formation of a rapid response force Friday, stationed in Eastern Europe, to quickly deal with potential threats.
Ed Adamczyk
NATO leaders reaffirm commitment to Afghanistan beyond 2014

NATO leaders reaffirm commitment to Afghanistan beyond 2014

NEWPORT, Wales, Sept. 5 (UPI) --At the NATO summit in Wales on Thursday, members reaffirmed their commitment to supporting Afghanistan following completion of its combat mission.
JC Finley
NATO leaders 'stepping up' assistance to Ukraine in response to Russian aggression

NATO leaders 'stepping up' assistance to Ukraine in response to Russian aggression

CARDIFF, Wales, Sept. 4 (UPI) --At the NATO Summit in Wales on Thursday, NATO leaders reaffirmed their support for Ukraine in the face of continuing Russian aggression.
JC Finley
Russia voices opposition to Ukraine's NATO membership

Russia voices opposition to Ukraine's NATO membership

MOSCOW, Sept. 4 (UPI) --Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke out Thursday against the possibility of Ukraine joining NATO.
JC Finley
NATO secretary general expects Wales Summit to make history

NATO secretary general expects Wales Summit to make history

CARDIFF, Wales, Sept. 3 (UPI) --NATO is preparing for the start of an intense two-day Summit in Wales that will "address current and future security challenges."
JC Finley
Ukraine seeks to join NATO, prime minister says

Ukraine seeks to join NATO, prime minister says

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 29 (UPI) --Ukraine will seek NATO membership, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said Friday.
Ed Adamczyk
NATO-Ukraine Commission holds extraordinary meeting in response to Russian military aggression

NATO-Ukraine Commission holds extraordinary meeting in response to Russian military aggression

BRUSSELS, Aug. 29 (UPI) --The NATO-Ukraine Commission convened an extraordinary session on Friday at the request of Ukraine to discuss Russia's escalated military aggression.
JC Finley
NATO plans new bases in Eastern Europe

NATO plans new bases in Eastern Europe

BRUSSELS, Aug. 26 (UPI) --The head of NATO said new bases in Eastern Europe will be built to counter potential conflict with Russia.
Ed Adamczyk
NATO: Russian aid convoy incursion into Ukraine coincides with 'major' military escalation

NATO: Russian aid convoy incursion into Ukraine coincides with 'major' military escalation

BRUSSELS, Aug. 22 (UPI) --The Russian aid convoy's incursion into Ukraine shows a "disregard of international humanitarian principles," said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
JC Finley
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Denmark's Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks to US President George W. Bush in the Rose Garden of the White House 28 May, 2004 in Washington, DC. Bush and Rasmussen met in a closed door meeting in the Oval Office prior to their press conference. (UPI Photo/Greg Whitesell)
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Anders Fogh Rasmussen (Danish pronunciation:  ( listen); born 26 January 1953) is a Danish politician, and the 12th and current Secretary General of NATO. Rasmussen served as Prime Minister of Denmark from November 27, 2001 to April 5, 2009.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen was the leader of the Liberal Party (Venstre), and headed a right-wing coalition with the Conservative People's Party which took office in 2001, and won its second and third terms in February 2005 and in November 2007. Rasmussen's government relied on the Danish People's Party for support, in keeping with the Danish tradition for minority government. His government introduced tougher limits on non-ECA immigration and froze tax rates before he took office (the "tax freeze", or skattestoppet in Danish). He has authored several books about taxation and government structure.

In his early career, Rasmussen was a strident critic of the welfare state, writing the classical liberal book From Social State to Minimal State in 1993. However, through the 1990s, his views moved towards the political centre. Under Rasmussen, certain taxes were lowered, but the Conservative coalition partners repeatedly argued for more tax cuts and a flat tax rate at no higher than 50%. Fogh implemented an administrative reform reducing the number of municipalities (kommuner) and replacing the thirteen counties (amter) with five regions. Rasmussen referred to this as "the biggest reform in thirty years".

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