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The House of Representatives approved the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO. Late last night, the vast majority of House members voted in favor of the approval bill, and the Senate will almost certainly do the same next week.
If the Senate actually approves, there will be only a week between the moment the Cabinet formally ratifies Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership and the Dutch parliament’s ratification. This is exceptionally fast. There are a few other countries that are speeding up the process as well.
Sweden and Finland have always maintained their neutrality, but were keen to join NATO after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. All members of the alliance Signed this week Protocols for this, including Turkey, which were initially thwarted.
The Turks managed to get Sweden and Finland to lift the arms embargo on Turkey, and Ankara also received pledges to fight terrorism.
The room is not completely reassured yet
It remains to be seen whether the Turks will finally agree, as President Erdogan continues to stress that Sweden and Finland must fulfill their commitments. Members of Parliament were not fully reassured last night about the Turkish deal, but Defense Minister Olungren said she was optimistic about the process.
The Swedish and Finnish accession is seen by many as a historic moment. These words also fell into the House of Representatives.
In the end, only the Forum for Democracy and the Van Haga Group in the lower house voted yesterday to disapprove Sweden and Finland’s membership in NATO. Voting late last night was the last before the summer break.
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