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Türkiye says more steps needed for Sweden’s NATO membership

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (right) and Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom hold a joint press conference in Ankara, Türkiye, on Dec 22, 2022. (MUSTAFA KAYA / XINHUA) ANKARA – Sweden has not taken enough "concrete steps" to extradite people that Ankara sees as terrorists and freeze their assets, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said […]

Finland’s government sends NATO accession bill to Parliament

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto signs a petition for NATO membership application in Helsinki, May 17, 2022. (ANNTI AIMO-KOIVISTO / LEHTIKUVA VIA AP) HELSINKI — Following its emergency meeting on Monday, the government of Finland submitted to Parliament a draft proposal on the country's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). However, the speaker […]

Türkiye urged to ratify Finland and Sweden’s NATO applications

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (right) and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (left) address a press conference after their meeting at The Foreign Ministry in Istanbul, on Nov 3, 2022. (OZAN KOSE / AFP) ISTANBUL – Sweden and Finland have fulfilled their obligations to Türkiye and should be allowed entry into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization […]

Swedish PM Kristersson announces new coalition government

Sweden's newly elected Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (center) walks next to ministers of the new government, after the change of government council at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, on Oct 18, 2022. (JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP) STOCKHOLM – The new government of Sweden was announced on Tuesday, composed of freshly-elected Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and […]

Sweden’s PM resigns after election defeat

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson speaks during a press conference after she presented her resignation to the speaker of the Swedish Parliament on Sept 15, 2022, in Stockholm. (JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP) STOCKHOLM – Sweden's outgoing Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has handed in her resignation to the speaker of parliament, she said on Thursday, paving […]

Opposition bloc leads in Swedish parliamentary elections

Supporters of the Sweden Democrats cheer during the Party's election night in Nacka, near Stockholm after exit polls were released during the general elections in Sweden on Sept 11, 2022. (JONATHAN  NACKSTRAND / AFP) STOCKHOLM – Preliminary results of the 2022 Swedish parliamentary elections showed early Monday morning that the opposition blue bloc gained 49.7 […]

Swedes head to polls in close-run election marked by energy crisis

Leader of the Sweden Democrats Jimmie Akesson speaks during an election rally on Sept 10, 2022, in Stockholm, ahead of the general elections on Sept 11, 2022, (JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP) STOCKHOLM – Swedes vote on Sunday in an election pitting the incumbent centre-left Social Democrats against a right-wing bloc that has embraced the anti-immigration […]