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Biden administration throws support behind potential F-16 sale to Turkey

The Biden administration threw its support on Wednesday (29 June) behind the potential sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey, a day after Ankara lifted a veto of NATO membership for Finland and Sweden. Speaking at a briefing call, Celeste...

Turkey drops resistance to Sweden and Finland joining NATO

In an eleventh-hour deal, Turkey announced on Tuesday (28 June) it will lift its veto and support the application of Finland and Sweden to join NATO during the alliance's summit in Madrid.

Finland, Sweden eye pre-summit talks for NATO bid breakthrough

Eleventh-hour talks between Finland, Sweden and Turkey on Tuesday (28 June) are expected to bring movement into the stalemate over the two Nordic countries NATO bids as NATO leaders gather in Madrid for the alliance summit.
Global Europe 15-06-2022

NATO needs greater readiness, more weapons: Stoltenberg

NATO must build out "even higher readiness" and strengthen its weapons capabilities along its eastern border in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the military alliance's chief said on Tuesday (14 June).
Global Europe 13-06-2022

NATO’s Stoltenberg calls Turkey’s concerns on Sweden, Finland bids ‘legitimate’

Security concerns raised by Turkey in its opposition to Finland's and Sweden's NATO membership applications are 'legitimate' and talks with Ankara would continue, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday (12 June).
Global Europe 22-05-2022

Erdogan conditions support for Nordic nations’ NATO bids

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday (21 May) said Turkey would not look "positively" on Sweden and Finland's NATO bids unless its terror-related concerns were addressed, despite broad support from other allies including the United States.
Global Europe 19-05-2022

How Turkey spoiled NATO’s historic moment with Finland, Sweden

When Finland and Sweden signalled they were thinking of making the historic decision joining NATO, the alliance expected a tough response from Moscow, not from one of its own.
Future EU 17-05-2022

Europe’s new leaders are coming from the periphery

The construction of a new European architecture is underway, built around the point of relations with Russia - and new European leaders are shaping a new form, one we will live in and observe for decades to come, writes Orhan Dragaš.
Global Europe 17-05-2022

Ukrainian troops evacuate from Mariupol, ceding control to Russia

Ukraine's military said on Tuesday (16 May) it was working to evacuate all remaining troops from their last stronghold in the besieged steel plant in Mariupol, ceding control of the city to Russia after months of bombardment.

Sweden takes formal decision to apply for NATO membership

Sweden’s Social Democrat minority government on Monday (16 May) decided it will formally apply for NATO membership, following in the footsteps of its neighbour Finland.
Global Europe 15-05-2022

Global Europe Brief: Will Turkey be a stumbling block for NATO enlargement?

In this week’s edition: Nordic NATO bid, Foreign Affairs Council preview and Ukraine latest.
Global Europe 15-05-2022

Ukraine wages counteroffensive against Russian forces in east

Ukrainian forces have launched a counteroffensive near the Russian-held town of Izium in eastern Ukraine, a regional governor said on Saturday (14 May), in what could prove a serious setback for Moscow's plans to capture the entire Donbas region.

Erdogan says Turkey not supportive of Finland, Sweden joining NATO

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday (13 May) it was not possible for NATO-member Turkey to support plans by Sweden and Finland to join the pact, saying the Nordic countries were “home to many terrorist organisations”. Finland’s plan to apply...

Swedish security report says NATO membership would deter conflict

A day after Finland’s leaders said the country must seek NATO membership for its own security’s sake, Sweden published a revised security policy review from parliamentary parties on Friday (13 May), highlighting the advantage of becoming a member of the...
Global Europe 12-05-2022

NATO to welcome Nordic members as Ukraine pushes back Russian forces

Finland is expected to announce on Thursday (12 May) its intention to join NATO with Sweden likely to follow soon after, diplomats and officials said, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine reshapes European security and the Atlantic military alliance.

MEP: Sweden’s NATO policy ‘not democratically responsible’

Sweden's ruling Social Democrats have not given proper treatment to the subject of the country's possible NATO membership, a move that could raise tensions in northern Europe and therefore requires a wider democratic debate, a Swedish EU lawmaker told EURACTIV in an interview.
Europe's East 05-05-2022

International donors conference in Warsaw raises $6.5 billion for Ukraine

An international donors conference in Warsaw on Thursday (5 May) collecting funds for Ukraine raised around $6.5 billion, Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.
EU-India 02-05-2022

Ukraine on agenda as Indian PM Modi visits Europe

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Europe on Monday (2 May) with New Delhi's refusal to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine set to be a key talking point in meetings with regional leaders.

MEP: Finland’s mistrust towards Russia is increasing

In an interview with EURACTIV, Finnish Green MEP Alviina Alametsä said that a majority in parliament and the public in her country are now in favour of NATO membership, for which it hopes to have “some signals and symbols of support during a possible membership application”.

Finland to decide on NATO membership ‘within weeks’, Sweden could follow suit

Finland will take a decision about whether to apply to join NATO in the next few weeks, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Wednesday (13 April), underlining a shift in security perspectives since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Global Europe 05-04-2022

Will ‘Postpolitik’ replace ‘Ostpolitik’?

The policy of pragmatic coexistence with autocratic Russia is now recycled in the hands of Russia’s ‘Trojan horses’ in the EU and Vučić’s Serbia, writes Radan Kanev.
Politics 08-03-2022

Swedish PM rejects opposition calls to consider joining NATO

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson on Tuesday (9 March) rejected opposition calls to consider joining NATO following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, saying an application now would destabilise security in Europe.

Swedes warm to NATO membership as UK highlights close ties

A majority of Swedes are in favour of joining NATO, a poll showed on Friday, with Russia's invasion of Ukraine spurring a rapid shift in attitudes in a country long known for neutrality.

Finland, Sweden to receive enhanced access to NATO intel over Ukraine

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine extends Moscow’s military power to the borders of several NATO members, NATO partners Finland and Sweden can be part of an intensified exchange of information and NATO's strategic communication.