NATO should deter Russia by establishing a truly permanent presence in front-line states. The EU has a major role to play in this effort.
NATO membership would be a historic step for Sweden. But it would also create new challenges in areas such as nuclear planning and missile defence.
The Turkish president is unlikely to veto Nordic membership of NATO – but Turkey’s bigger strategic worry is of a NATO-Russia conflict arising out of the war in Ukraine
Finland has redefined its security interest, leading it inexorably towards NATO membership. If Sweden joins too, a significant new regional grouping within the alliance could emerge.
Many more Ukrainians want to defend their country than have the weapons to do so. An increase in Western military support is vital to Ukraine’s survival.
Another Russian attack on Ukraine would jeopardise talks between Washington and Moscow on strategic stability and a follow-on agreement to New START
The Swedish debate on membership of NATO has been reignited by the Russia-Ukraine crisis. But there are still many good reasons why Sweden should not join the alliance.
Until we stop dithering and commit to all European states being independent and free, Russia will have the upper hand
There are clear signs that the Netherlands is willing to significantly strengthen EU cooperation in several policy areas where it once showed resistance
The EU and its member states have a vital role to play in reforming NATO – cooperation rather than competition will be key to making this a success