Joint Swedish and Finnish application for NATO membership
According to information to Finnish and Swedish newspapers, the Swedish and Finnish governments must agree to submit NATO applications at the same time, something that will take place as early as mid-May. The Swedish people are thus not given the opportunity to choose their fate – instead the decision is made behind closed doors.
Published: April 27, 2022, 11:17 am
On Monday, the Finnish newspaper Iltalehti reported that the Swedish government had expressed a wish to Finland to submit simultaneous applications for NATO membership. The newspaper reported that it was now agreed between the countries to announce such an application during week 20, sometime between 16 and 22 May.
According to Swedish daily Expressen, Swedish government sources have confirmed the information, which is further supported by the fact that Aftonbladet reported that it had received information about concrete promises of military protection from the United States and Great Britain in a NATO application. Furthermore, the information on the dates coincides with the arrival of Finnish President Sauli Niinistö in Stockholm on 17-18 May.
But the accelerated process, which is largely conducted behind closed doors, also means that the Swedish people are not given any chance of democratic influence over the outcome – which increasingly points to a Swedish membership in NATO.
The Social Democrats are moving against the will of their own party
Although there is currently a large majority supporting an application for membership in NATO, both in the Riksdag and among the Swedish people, the government has not yet made an official decision on the matter.
The Social Democrats have long been opposed to a Swedish membership in the defense alliance NATO, something that was not least noticed at the party’s congress in November where a majority voted to maintain the Swedish neutrality policy. The opposition of their own voters and party members was evident when it came to NATO membership, but the party leadership has turned the issue around and also made a decision that allows the party leadership to ignore what the party members want.
The Social Democrats stated last week through the party secretary Tobias Baudin that a decision on the NATO issue can be made by the party board sometime from 12 May. They also held a marathon meeting with the parliamentary group on Friday, but claimed that no decision had been reached then.
Minister of Social Insurance Ardalan Shekarabi is one of the members of the Riksdag who made a statement after the meeting. Shekarabi is now among the first high-ranking members of the Social Democratic Party who openly say they are positive about Swedish membership.
On Twitter, Swedish Radio’s political commentator Fredrik Furtenbach underscored that the Minister of Social Insurance “leaned towards a yes”, even though he has not fully decided.
“Freedom of alliance must not become a dogma,” Shekarabi said, according to Furtenbach. The Minister added: “I’m not sure it serves us well.”
People are not given the opportunity to decide
The Swedish people are given, regardless of what the Social Democrats decide, no choice in the important issue. The accelerated negotiations between Sweden, Finland and important NATO countries, such as the United States, mean that the government has time to decide on the issue, assured of strong majority support in the Riksdag, before the autumn elections. Most things also take place behind closed doors and the democratic transparency for Swedes in one of the most important issues of our time is close to zero.
More and more signs indicate that a Swedish application for membership in NATO, which according to almost all pundits will be accepted without much fuss due to Sweden’s important strategic location, domestic military capacity and not least because of an extensive, high-tech and NATO-adapted weapons production.
At the same time, according to Expressen, extensive talks have also been held with other NATO countries to ensure support for a Swedish application and other preparations in the Government Offices. According to information from Aftonbladet, Sweden has received concrete promises of military protection from the United States and Great Britain – in what must now be seen as a highly probable NATO application.
“The government has received information from, among others, the US and the UK about what the protection and support can look like during a possible application process,” a government source told the newspaper.
Regardless of whether the Swedish voters vote for a party such as Alternative for Sweden, which is one of the few remaining parties in Swedish politics that is opposed to membership in NATO, as they would rather see an expanded Swedish defense and defense cooperation with Finland, the decision on NATO membership is likely to have already been taken and will practically not be possible to change before it is too late.
Finland tried to end speculation on a specific timetable however, with Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto saying no fixed date had been set for any potential application even if it would be “useful” for Sweden and Finland to launch joint NATO membership bids.
Russia is opposed to a nuclear-armed Baltic region which would be established if Finland and Sweden become NATO members. “If Sweden and Finland join NATO, the length of the alliance’s land borders with the Russian Federation will more than double. Naturally, these borders will have to be strengthened,” Dmitry Medvedev, former president and deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, said on his official Telegram channel earlier this month, alluding to additional nuclear deployments in Europe.
Russia will be forced to “seriously strengthen the grouping of land forces and air defense, deploy significant naval forces in the waters of the Gulf of Finland. In this case, it will no longer be possible to talk about any nuclear-free status of the Baltic – the balance must be restored,” he explained.
Finland shares an 1336 km border with Russia.
All rights reserved. You have permission to quote freely from the articles provided that the source (www.freewestmedia.com) is given. Photos may not be used without our consent.
Consider donating to support our work
Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.
Keep your language polite. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in, for example, Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.
If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violations of any law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.
If your comments are subject to preview by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.
We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.
CLIMATEThe United States' government scientific organization, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), predicts zero sunspots from 2031 to 2040. This is an extreme situation that has not occurred in as long as humanity has been counting sunspots, and it leads us into uncharted territory in terms of our solar system. However, this prediction aligns with the warnings of the world-renowned solar researcher Valentina Zharkova for many years, who indicated in 2019 various signs of this catastrophic phenomenon, including the extreme hailstorms we have seen in Europe and the world this summer. The forecast and various observations this year give cause for very significant concern. In this unique analysis, Free West Media explains why.
EUROPEAN ELECTIONSOn Saturday, August 26, representatives of six European nationalist parties gathered in Budapest. The meeting was initiated by the Hungarian party Mi Hazánk and took place in the national parliament. Representatives of the parties signed a joint declaration that not only reaffirms the parties' friendship but also their unity on a range of complex political issues. A surprisingly clear and radical manifesto was established. The hope is that this cooperation will lead to success in the EU elections and eventually result in the formation of a group in the European Parliament. For Swedish nationalism, this meeting marks a success as Sweden, for the first time, has a party represented in a leading nationalist cooperation in Europe. Free West Media was present at this historic event.
Sweden will have to wait a bit longer for NATO membership, according to Turkey's Justice Minister Jilmaz Tunc. First, Sweden must extradite the "terrorists" Turkey wants and stop the desecration of the Quran.
The Russian attack helicopter Ka-52 is considered one of the world's best and has struck fear in Ukraine, where it has hunted down tanks and other armored vehicles, often beyond the range of many light anti-aircraft systems. However, it has met its match in the Swedish air defense missile system RBS 70, which has quickly led to significant losses for the Russian helicopter forces.
Alternative for Germany (AfD) held a party conference on July 29-30 to select candidates for the upcoming EU election next year. EU Parliament member Maximilian Krah, belonging to the party's more radical, ethnonationalist faction, was appointed as the top candidate. The party's two spokespersons delivered powerful speeches criticizing the EU's failed migration policy and trade sanctions that isolate Europe and Germany from the rest of the world. They argued that it's time for the EU to return a significant portion of its power to national parliaments. However, they have dropped the demand for Germany to exit the EU.
The rising popularity of AfD has raised strong concerns within the establishment. Despite lies and demonization in the media and isolation from the overall political establishment, the party continues to grow. Certain representatives of the party are accused of becoming increasingly "extreme," and in an unusual move, the influential weekly newspaper Der Spiegel demanded that AfD be "banned."
What is happening in the Netherlands? It is often difficult to follow events in other countries, especially when distorted by system media. We give Forum for Democracy (FvD) the opportunity to speak out on the political situation in the Netherlands and the staunch resistance they face in trying to save the country.
After a criminal complaint in Belgium against the President of the European Commission, the so-called SMS-case, now takes a new turn. The judge responsible for the investigation will likely gain access to the secret messages exchanged between Ursula von der Leyen and Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, at least if they haven't been deleted.
Arktos has distinguished itself by publishing groundbreaking philosophers and social critics. Now, the publisher's international distributor has abruptly terminated the cooperation, and more than 400 already printed titles cannot reach their audience. There is strong evidence that the distributor has been under pressure, something that has also happened in Sweden. We have spoken with Arktos founder Daniel Friberg about the ongoing struggle for freedom of speech in a shrinking cultural corridor.
The Catholic bishops of the Scandinavian countries presented an open five-page letter criticizing transgender ideology on March 21, just before Easter. The document primarily expresses care and advice and was read aloud in Catholic churches in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland. Cardinal Anders Arborelius, Bishop of Stockholm, is one of the signatories of the document.