Sweden to join Nato: what to make of Ankara’s yes?

The news came shortly before the start of the Nato summit in Vilnius on 11 July: Turkey is to lift its blockade against Sweden’s accession. After a lengthy discussion with Nato Secretary General Stoltenberg, President Erdoğan declared that he would submit the accession protocol to the Turkish parliament for ratification as soon as possible. Commentators view the agreement as a milestone and shed light on what made Ankara come around.

La Libre Belgique (BE) /

Erdoğan’s final move

Everything has turned out well in the end, observes La Libre Belgique:

“Some feared that Erdoğan would open a new round of surreal demands and that he would undermine Nato enlargement — and thus Nato unity — at a key moment in history. But in the end, this will have been the final episode of Erdoğan’s show — this was also the version favoured by Olaf Scholz and Jens Stoltenberg, who were optimistic on Monday about the negotiations leading to a favourable outcome. Ankara has kept Nato and Sweden on tenterhooks while also obtaining a positive signal from the EU at the last minute.”

Maria Udrescu
Aftonbladet (SE) /

Sweden must remain Sweden

Despite its imminent accession to Nato Stockholm should continue to be a voice for disarmament, says Aftonbladet:

“We must continue to be a voice for non-proliferation and for new agreements that place limits on existing nuclear weapons. We must continue to be a voice for diplomacy, for negotiations in international conflicts and in prevention work. We must help others, both in acute crises and in the long term, and work for fairer trade. And we must stand up for what is right, for human rights, the rule of law, democracy and the rights of minorities. Sweden’s voice in Nato must not be silenced.”

Anders Lindberg