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Finland and Sweden signal paradigm shift with push to join Nato

By Richard Milne

16 May 2022 · 4 min read

There can be no other word for what happened in Finland and Sweden this weekend but “historic”.

For decades in Finland’s case and centuries in Sweden’s, the thought of joining a military alliance was all but impossible. Now, in the 81 days since Russia launched its full-scale war against Ukraine, the situation has changed so dramatically that Sweden and Finland are rushing into Nato with large majorities in both their parliaments and populations backing them.

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