Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Finland and Sweden begin debate on joining NATO, are expected to apply in June

The European countries are mostly small states. A defensive confederation of European, Caucasian, and Central Asia countries against the Russians and Chinese would be legitimate. But such an arrangement should actually be led and organized by the countries involved, and not the Atlantic powers, who should recede into the background. Of course, that means the NATO members would actually have to start paying their own military bills and not relying on the US for military welfare. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.

By Peter Weber The Week

The leaders of Finland and Sweden met in Stockholm on Wednesday to discuss regional security after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the end result is expected to be both countries applying to join NATO this summer.

“I won’t give any kind of timetable when we will make our decisions, but I think it will happen quite fast,” Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said after the meeting. “Within weeks, not within months.”

That would be a remarkable turnaround for both Marin and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson. Marin called NATO membership “very unlikely” in January, and Andersson said in early March that Sweden applying to “join NATO in the current situation” would “further destabilize this area of Europe and increase tensions.”

But Andersson’s ruling Social Democrats changed their longstanding opposition to NATO membership this week, saying Monday that “when Russia invaded Ukraine, Sweden’s security position changed fundamentally.” And Sweden’s Svenska Dagbladet newspaper reported Wednesday that Andersson has made up her mind and wants Sweden to join NATO this June.

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