Finnish Prime Minister Marin in Sweden with NATO spat at the top of the agenda

Natalie Portman
By Natalie Portman 1 Min Read
origin 1Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin holds a news conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (not pictured) and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson (not pictured) in front of the Meseberg Palace. Kay Nietfeld/dpa

The prime ministers of NATO candidate nations Sweden and Finland are scheduled to meet in Stockholm on Thursday.

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin is the first head of government to be received by her Swedish counterpart Ulf Kristersson since he took office last autumn.

The meeting is likely to focus mainly on the deadlock in the admission process of the two Nordic countries to NATO. Finland and Sweden applied to join in May 2022, but Turkey has been blocking the process for some time.

Following their discussions, a joint press conference with Marin and Kristersson is scheduled for the afternoon.

Also on Thursday, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck is expected in Stockholm. Among others, he will speak with Swedish Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Ebba Busch.

The reason for Habeck’s two-day trip is the six-month rotating presidency of the EU Council, which the Scandinavian country assumed at the beginning of the year.

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