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Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Pandemic response should not equal isolationism, Swedish FM argues

International cooperation will be crucial not only to “fight the pandemic” of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), but also “to get us back on track afterwards,” Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ann Linde said on April 29. She stressed that while leaders remain focused on containing outbreaks in their own countries, they must avoid the temptation to shun the benefits international trade and cooperation can bring as a much-needed economic recovery begins.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus European Union

Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Something not so rotten in the Kingdom of Denmark

Denmark's success in combating the coronavirus provides a powerful example of how democracies can be more effective in times of crises.

New Atlanticist by Nauja Bianco and Andras Simonyi

Coronavirus Northern Europe

Wed, Mar 4, 2020

The “time is now or never” for Central Europe to grasp Three Seas opportunity, Estonia’s president says

Now that an investment fund to fuel the development of stronger cross-border transportation, energy, and digital infrastructure links in Central and Eastern Europe has been launched, countries in the region “need to quickly decide” whether they want to participate before the opportunity vanishes, according to Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Central Europe Eastern Europe

Wed, Feb 12, 2020

The Arctic is “not up for grabs,” Norwegian ambassador says

“The Arctic is changing, but our objectives remain the same: to secure peace and stability,” Norwegian Ambassador to the United States Kare R. Aas said on February 6. During keynote address opening the Atlantic Council’s “Looking North: Conference on Security in the Arctic,” Aas laid out Norway’s approach to the Arctic, noting that it takes its role as an Arctic state seriously.

New Atlanticist by Connor McPartland

NATO Northern Europe
Aurora borealis

Tue, Feb 4, 2020

CCS in Norway: Propelling global innovation for decarbonization

Northern Lights, a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project backed, in part, by the Norwegian government is set to bolster European and global carbon capture innovation, accelerating climate progress and exemplifying the next wave of global CCS facilities.

EnergySource by Lee Beck

Climate Change & Climate Action Northern Europe

Fri, Jan 31, 2020

The Russian threat is scaring Sweden

After Russia’s aggression against Ukraine in February 2014, the Swedish thinking about its defense has changed remarkably. Like most of Europe, Sweden had steadily disarmed for a quarter of a century after the end of the Cold War, and its military expenditure had sunk to 1 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Russia’s actions against Ukraine woke Sweden up. Swedes got upset, while the Finns were worried. Together with Poland and the three Baltic states, Sweden has been among the European Union countries most committed to sanctions against Russia over Ukraine.

New Atlanticist by Anders Åslund

Defense Policy Northern Europe

Tue, Dec 10, 2019

What the United States can learn from Europe on fighting cyberattacks and disinformation

If you want to deal effectively with cyber challenges then you need to address not just the computer part…but the political part as well, the human being behind the attack,” said Jonatan Vseviov, the Estonian ambassador to the United States.

New Atlanticist by John Burton

Disinformation European Union

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

Don’t be fooled: Russia is still NATO’s greatest challenge

“Russia has shown with its actions that it is a serious security threat,” Estonian defense minister Jüri Luik said during a panel discussion on Baltic and Black sea security during the NATO engages event in London on December 3. “For Lithuania, [Russia] is the only external existential threat we have,” added Lithuanian defense minister Raimundas Karoblis.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

NATO Northern Europe

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

Norwegian PM explains how NATO can help combat climate change

Solberg admitted that she doesn’t think “we will solve this by our defense part of NATO,” but stressed that NATO leaders can help spur greater action. “What we really have to do,” she said, “is [to] stop climate change [and] make sure that we invest now instead of having to invest a lot in the future to work on the damages. It is much less costly to prevent climate change than it will be to adapt to it – on all levels of our society.”

New Atlanticist by Om Arvind

Climate Change & Climate Action NATO

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

NATO Engages transcript: Heating up: The impact of climate security on the Alliance

H.E. Erna Solberg, prime minister of Norway speaks to Ambassador Boris Ruge, vice chairman of the Munich Security Conference at NATO Engages 2019.

Transcripts by Atlantic Council

Climate Change & Climate Action NATO