Tag Archives: Sweden

Ukraine recap: why Turkey wants to block Sweden and Finland joining Nato

Rachael Jolley, The Conversation Over the last week, further details emerged of Finland and Sweden’s intention to join Nato, until on Tuesday the nations formally submitted the paperwork. Nato’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg called it “a historic moment” and it certainly marks a momentous shift away from neutrality for those two countries. One implication of the Ukraine war is that …

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Sweden: a history of neutrality ends after 200 years

Owen Greene, University of Bradford Sweden’s application to join Nato in May marks a major shift away from its longstanding position as a neutral state, stretching back to 1812. Yet following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the decision now appears to command wide political support across the Swedish government, parliament and population. Swedish public support for Nato membership has gradually increased …

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Ukraine war: crisis between the west and Russia gives Turkey a chance to strengthen its hand at home and abroad

Ali Bilgic, Loughborough University The longstanding neutrality of Sweden and Finland was abandoned when both states submitted formal applications to Nato. But they are facing an unexpected obstacle on the way to membership: Turkey. While Turkey supports the alliance’s “open door” policy, Ankara’s veto reflects its aims to change the status quo and make gains in three areas: the eastern …

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Finland and Sweden’s desire to join Nato shows Putin has permanently redrawn the map of Europe

Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham With Finland’s leaders announcing they want the country to join Nato, and all the signs pointing to Sweden doing the same, it is becoming clearer than ever that Vladimir Putin’s attempt to fundamentally restructure the European security order has worked. But it hasn’t worked the way the Russian president envisaged when it comes to Nato-Russia …

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Will European countries ever take meaningful steps to end colonial legacies?

Wikimedia Commons Michael McEachrane, Lund University Centuries of European colonialism have had a tremendous impact on shaping inequities within and among countries, many of which are yet to be effectively addressed. This may seem like a trivial statement, but it is only recently being recognised by EU countries. In 2019, the European Parliament passed a Resolution on the Fundamental Rights …

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Greta Thunberg emerged from five decades of environmental youth activism in Sweden

Björn Lundberg, Lund University and David Larsson Heidenblad, Lund University After 18 months of digital campaigning, young people are again taking to the streets demanding climate justice, with attention now directed at the UN climate summit in Glasgow and a protest march on November 5. When a 15-year-old Greta Thunberg began her Skolstrejk för klimatet (school strike for climate) outside …

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¿Conviene hacerse el sueco con el coronavirus?

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Shutterstock / OPOLJA Salvador Peiró, Fisabio La respuesta sueca a la COVID-19 ha sido mucho menos intensa que en cualquier otro país europeo, incluyendo sus vecinos nórdicos. Suecia no sólo eludió los confinamientos generalizados sino que mantuvo abierta la escuela primaria, continúa desaconsejando el uso de mascarillas (salvo situaciones específicas) y hasta hace poco mantenía sin aislar a los contactos …

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