Turkey holds key to NATO membership for Sweden, Finland
21 January 2023 | 6:11 pm
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has pushed Sweden and Finland to seek to join NATO. All but two of the military alliance's 30 members have ratified the accession. European officials seem confident Hungary will eventually agree, leaving Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the chief obstacle.
Envoys of the three countries were meeting for the first time since their key agreement in June. Ankara's opposition has continued to work as an obstacle for Finnish and Swedish NATO accession.
The NATO chief told a German newspaper that Russia and China have big plans for the polar region that could further spike geopolitical tensions. Washington is set to appoint its first Arctic ambassador.
As at US-led meeting in Germany, supporters of Ukraine were seeking donations for winter equipment as the conflict grinds on. Western powers praised military gains, but warned more aid was needed.
Moscow's war in Ukraine has left EU countries debating whether to also sanction ordinary Russians. After Finland announced plans to let far fewer Russian tourists into the country, DW visited a small Finnish border town to gauge the mood.
General elections were held in Sweden on 11 September 2022 to elect the 349 members of the Riksdag. They in turn will elect the Prime Minister of Sweden. Under the constitution, regional and municipal elections were also held on the same day.
The far-right Sweden Democrats have risen to become the second-largest party in parliament after Sunday's election. French-speaking sympathisers with the party shared a video on Twitter that claims to show Islamists protesting against the anti-immigration coalition. But all is not as it seems. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
Earlier this month, Sweden experienced a political earthquake when the Sweden Democrats (SD), a party with neo-Nazi roots, became the country's second-largest party in parliament. For the first time, the far right was running not as an outsider, but as part of the traditional right-wing coalition.
Sweden's Riksbank has kicked off what's expected to be a series of interest rate hikes around the world, as central banks struggle to curb inflation. The 100 basis point hike is Sweden's biggest in three decades, in response to a cost-of-living crisis that's affecting households and businesses.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has told a group of Ukraine's allies that air defense is a priority for the country as Russian missiles hit civilian targets. NATO defense ministers are also to discuss the escalation.
NATO allies say they’ll "stay the course" with Kyiv. But some governments are increasingly worried they won’t be able to fulfill that pledge and keep their powder dry.
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