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Sweden: the ruling party supports membership of NATO

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The Social Democratic Workers’ Party of Sweden, the main force making up the ruling majority in Stockholm, has announced that it supports the country’s membership of NATO. In a statement, the party of the Swedish premier, Magdalena Andersson, explains that it intends to seek a large parliamentary majority in favor of Sweden’s entry into the Atlantic Alliance. The decision comes after the country announced it wanted to officially apply for membership in the organization, in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. For the Social Democratic Workers’ Party this is a historical choice, as political formation leaves behind decades of clear opposition to the country’s membership of NATO. According to the Swedish press, Andersson is “almost certain” that her government will be able to formalize an application within a few days.

According to the Swedish newspaper “Svenska Dagbladet”, the country could submit its application for NATO membership on Tuesday 17 May. The news outlet reported that the government will meet tomorrow afternoon to give the green light to the “historic decision” to officially request entry into the Atlantic Alliance. Already on Tuesday, the authorities could submit a written application to the NATO headquarters in Brussels.

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