NATO to fly Sweden’s flag on Monday – POLITICO

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Foreign Minister Tobias Billström travel to Washington today. Sweden’s accession documentation will be officially filed with the US Department of State, formally ending the process. Sweden cleared the final hurdle to becoming the country’s 32nd ally last week, after Hungary – the last remnant among member states – held … Read more

Hungary opposes Mark Rutte’s bid to run NATO – POLITICO

“We certainly cannot support the election of someone to the post of NATO Secretary General who previously wanted to bring Hungary to its knees,” Szijjártó said. In 2021, Rutte denounced the new anti-LGBT legislation introduced by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor. Orbán said the country “no longer has any business in the European Union.” “The long-term … Read more

France moves to make abortion a constitutional right amid rollbacks in US and Europe – POLITICO Europe

France is pushing to make abortion a constitutional right, amid rollbacks in the US and EuropePOLITICS Europe France will enshrine abortion rights in the constitution as ‘guaranteed freedom’FRANCE 24 English Why Macron hopes the right to abortion will be a political winnerBBC.com The French Senate votes to enshrine abortion in the constitution, a world firstThe … Read more

Deep divisions on Russia’s war in Ukraine were evident at a meeting of 4 Central European countries

PRAGUE (AP) — Four central European countries are deeply divided the Russian war against Ukraine and how to resolve the conflict, the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia said on Tuesday. The four post-communist countries form an informal grouping of members of the European Union and NATO known as the Visegrad … Read more

Macron wants to lead Europe on Ukraine, but France may not let him – POLITICO

So the question is: how far is Macron really willing to go this time? After all, his previous lofty rhetoric on Ukraine has not been matched by action. Most importantly, can he hope to prevail as an energizing Western leader if he fails to take France with him? All French opposition forces are already closing … Read more

Hungary’s parliament set to ratify Sweden’s NATO accession

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s parliament voted Monday to ratify Sweden’s request to join NATO, ending more than 18 months of delays that have frustrated the alliance as it tries to expand in response to the Russian war in Ukraine. The vote, which passed by 188 votes to six, was the result of months of … Read more

Hungary’s Orbán gives his nod to Sweden’s NATO bid – POLITICO

“Given the indications of the Hungarian government, I would not approve further cooperation with Hungary in the field of military equipment,” he said. ‘Very childish’ Bringing the Swedish prime minister to Budapest was likely a boost for Orbán, said Márton Tompos, a Hungarian lawmaker from the opposition Momentum Movement. “We shouldn’t underestimate the ego part,” … Read more

Hungary to Allow Sweden Into NATO Following Jet Fighter Deal

The Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban confirmed that his country will remove the last obstacle for Sweden Accession to NATO after the Scandinavian country agreed to sell Gripen fighter jets to Budapest. The Hungarian parliament will take the “necessary decisions” to ratify the Nordic country’s accession to NATO early next week, Orbán said at a … Read more

Sweden and Hungary move to smooth over tensions ahead of vote on Sweden’s NATO accession

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Nearly two years after Sweden formally signed up to join NATO, its membership now depends on convincing one country — Viktor Orbán’s Hungary — to abandon its bid to join to formally ratify the military alliance. The Hungarian nationalist government postponed the vote on Swedish membership for more than eighteen months, … Read more

Hungary ready to approve Sweden’s NATO accession on Monday

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A vote in Hungary’s parliament on ratifying Sweden’s bid to join NATO could take place as early as Monday, according to a senior member of the country’s ruling Fidesz party. It would end more than 18 months of delays by the Nationalist government, which have frustrated Hungary’s allies. In a letter … Read more