Mixed reactions after Turkey green-lights Swedish NATO membership

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (L) and Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson shake hands next to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg prior to their meeting, on the eve of a NATO summit, in Vilnius on July 10, 2023. (Photo by Henrik Montgomery/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Turkish President Erdogan has given the green light to Sweden joining Nato. Social Democrat leader Magdalena Andersson, who started the negotiations with Turkey when she was Prime Minister, is pleased with the decision.
  • Several experts are urging caution as to whether this really means Sweden will join the alliance now, with the Hungarian and Turkish parliaments still to ratify the application.
  • Meanwhile, opponents of Nato membership, such as Kerstin Bergeå from the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society, wonder if Swedish politicians have really thought the application through.
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