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  • Strong Support for the EU in Sweden Ahead of European Elections

    This article is part of a series on the 2019 European Union parliamentary elections.

    Support for the European Union (EU) remains high in Sweden. Recent polls show that while 65 percent of Swedes support EU membership, only 19 percent would like Sweden to leave the Union. As a result of this strong public support, Sweden’s two most Eurosceptic parties, the Left Party (part of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left or GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament) and the Swedish Democrats (part of the European Conservatives and Reformists  or ECR group in the European Parliament), have abandoned their demand that Sweden ought to leave the EU, instead saying that they would work from inside the Union to shift it in their desired direction.


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  • Sweden and European Defense: Why Words Matter

    Over the last year, the debate on European defense has intensified after French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel mentioned concepts such as a European Security Council, a European army, and European strategic autonomy. Despite ambitions to play an active role in developing European defense cooperation, the Swedish government has not yet publicly elaborated on such conceptual visions. Through more visible participation in the debate on European defense and strategic autonomy, Sweden could gain more influence and bring in important regional issues related to Baltic Sea security, thus shaping long-term visions and frameworks for European defense and strategic autonomy.


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  • Finland’s Elections: Big Lessons from a Small Country?

    Need a respite from watching the slow self-immolation of British politics over Brexit?  Discouraged by French and German leaders asking—no longer sotto voce—if they can still count on the United States? If so, it’s instructive to look at what’s happening in Finland, a country whose 5.5 million people count slightly less than the population of Minnesota. In this country, the art of compromise is still practiced and the transatlantic relationship highly valued.        
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  • What Makes an Ally? Sweden and Finland as NATO Partners

    When NATO kicked off Trident Juncture, its largest collective defense exercise in decades in Norway in October 2018, militarily non-aligned Sweden and Finland not only contributed substantial troops, they were actively involved in planning the exercise from the start.


    Over the years, Sweden and Finland have moved closer to NATO, more so than any other Alliance partner, in order to meet the challenge of defending the Baltics. In 2014, Ukraine, also a NATO partner, came to the realization that there is a red line between the Alliance’s partners and allies when it comes to collective defense. For Sweden and Finland that red line may be more of a gray zone.


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  • Wieslander Joins Brussels Sprouts to Discuss Swedish Elections


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  • Atlantic Council Presents Global Citizen Award to Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg

    On September 24, the Atlantic Council presented Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg with its Global Citizen Award for her commitment to multilateralism, international development and poverty reduction, and education.

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  • ANGRY TRIDENT

    Editor’s note: This short story describes a hypothetical future war in northern Europe between Russian and NATO forces using advanced technology.
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  • Will Sweden's Elections Lead to NATO Membership?

    The Swedish elections on September 9 could set the country on a path to joining NATO as a full member. Opinion polls do not show a clear winner in the elections. Neither the center-left Red-Green coalition government, that has run the country for the past four years, nor the main opposition center-right bloc has a commanding lead. However, if the four-party opposition bloc—consisting of the Conservatives, the Liberals, the Center Party, and the Christian Democrats—wins it will likely steer Sweden toward NATO membership.

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  • Russia's Defense Minister Threatens Response To Sweden and Finland Increasing Cooperation with NATO

    Russia’s defense minister has said NATO’s increasing ties with Sweden and Finland are “worrying” and such actions force his nation to “take response measures.”
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  • Nordenman Quoted in Defense News on NATO's New Baltic Command Structure


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