Negotiations on NATO membership in Sweden and Finland are accelerating

Negotiations on NATO membership in Sweden and Finland are accelerating

A few weeks ago, Swedish far-right leader Jimmy Akeson did not want to hear about joining NATO. He was then interviewed on Saturday, April 9th. In a newspaper interview Swedish newspaper, The head of the Sweden Democrats has confirmed that he is ready to support a Swedish candidate if Finland decides to join the Atlantic Alliance. To illustrate his 180 degree turn, he mentions the fact that Helsinki can apply for membership “A few”.

The setback was discussed at an emergency meeting of party leaders on Monday, April 11. On his way out, Aaron Emilson, responsible for foreign policy, made it clear that he was a Democrat in Sweden. For NATO membership subject to conditions. He named two: the fact that Finland complies and the security situation demands it. The party’s reservation regarding the Atlantic Alliance has not disappeared. They are particularly concerned with Turkey’s presence among NATO members and sending young Swedes to fight in foreign countries.

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According to Mr Emilson, the Democrats in Sweden are in touch Real Finns. In Helsinki, the far-right formation also changed its position. On March 30, an internal ballot inside the parliamentary group showed that twenty-nine of its representatives were now in favor of membership, three against (four abstaining, two absent). A few days ago, the current president of the party, Rika Pura, and her predecessor, Jussi Halla-Aho, announced their support for joining NATO.

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Decision “before summer” in Stockholm

However, the lines are not moving in the ranks of the far right. On Monday, the Swedish Social Democratic Party announced that it would begin a “major dialogue on security policy.”, With its extremists to see if the position taken against membership in Congress in November 2021 should be changed. Party secretary Tobias Boudin assured that the decision would be taken “Before Summer”, This is because the September 9 Assembly elections are imminent, and the Social Democrats want to prevent discussions about NATO from becoming a ballot paradox.

The timetable is not desirable enough for the right and the far right. In recent days, the Social Democratic government, led by Magdalena Anderson, has also come under fire from critics, with the opposition and some editorialists and security experts accusing it of lack of clarity. On March 8, Shri.Me Anderson announces Sweden entry “Current situation will be further destabilized”. Then, on March 30, on the SVT channel’s “30 Minutes” program, she said. “NATO membership is not excluded by any means”.

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