Sweden Democrats Flip-Flop on NATO, Green-Light Swedish Accession to Alliance

In another step towards mainstream politics, the national-conservative Sweden Democrats, who previously softened their approach to the EU, have opened up to the country’s future membership in NATO.

The Sweden Democrats, who have long opposed the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, have joined forces with the Liberals, the Centre Party, the Moderates, and the Christian Democrats to call on the government to reserve a so-called “NATO option”.

The “NATO option” means Sweden rapidly preparing to join the US-dominated military alliance if necessary.

With the Sweden Democrats’ somewhat unexpected support, this proposal received a parliamentary majority, the newspaper Aftonbladet reported.

In an opinion piece for Aftonbladet, party leader Jimmie Åkesson, together with senior Sweden Democrats Björn Söder and Roger Richthoff, claimed that support for the proposal is actually about the party’s push for “a defence alliance with Finland”.

The party also called to increase formally non-aligned Sweden’s defence allocations, which is in line with NATO demands.

While all of the other co-sponsors of the NATO option ultimately want Sweden to join NATO, the Sweden Democrats remain opposed to NATO membership.

Instead, the party emphasised that the NATO option means you reserve the right to join NATO, not that you should immediately do so. It also assured that it will not allow NATO membership to occur without first anchoring this with the Swedish people via a referendum and ensuring…

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