24 Jan 2023

Finland calls for ‘time-out’ in heated Nato talks with Turkey

A time out has been called in the talks with Finland, Sweden and Turkey about joining Nato. A series of protests in Sweden over the recent days have angered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey is already a member of Nato and can block applications to join.  In one of

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08 Jul 2022

Germany approves Finland and Sweden NATO membership bid

The German lawmakers in the Bundestag ratified Sweden and Finland’s accession into NATO on Friday. The move of Sweden and Finland joining NATO must be approved by all 30 members’ parliaments. The Bundestag approved the process following Canada, Estonia, Denmark and Norway.  Finland and Sweden decided to join NATO when

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01 Jul 2022

Erdogan warns Sweden, Finland that NATO accession can still be blocked

At the end of the NATO summit on Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip ERdogan warned that Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO could still be blocked. Erdogan said that Sweden has promised to extradite 73 people to Turkey. These people have alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and the

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18 May 2022

Turkey threatens to block Finland and Sweden Nato bids

Just hours after Finland and Sweden announced that they were considering seeking membership in NATO, Turkey’s president restated his opposition to the move. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the two nations should not attempt to send delegations to Turkey in an attempt to gain membership in Nato and convince

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11 Apr 2022

Ukraine War: Russia warns Sweden and Finland against Nato membership

Russia warned Finland and Sweden against joining Nato, stating that enlarging Nato would not bring more stability to Europe. The spokesperson for the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov said that Nato is geared towards confrontation. US defense officials believe that the invasion of Ukraine by Russia was a strategic blunder that will

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31 Jan 2022

Unsecured AWS server exposed 3TB in airport employee records

The SafetyDirectives cybersecurity team reported on Monday that a server belonging to Securitas was left unsecured, resulting in the exposure of 3TB in airport employee records. Securitas is based in Stockholm, Sweden and provides on-site guarding, electronic security solutions, fire and safety services, and risk management services. The data pertained

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24 Jan 2022

Look to Sweden for Innovative Offensive and Defensive Signals from Europe

According to Emilio Iasiello in his most recent post – “What’s Really Behind WhisperGate Attacks Against Ukraine?” – Belarus is the latest move by Russia on the cyber front in the highly charged gray-zone conflict between Russia and the West.  If so, Sweden is NATO’s biggest strategic move. And Sweden may be more a rook than a pawn. As a result, activities and movements – both military and cyber, strategic and operational/tactical – in Sweden in this current climate in Europe are vital OSINT tracking mechanisms. Especially the activity of the newly launched Swedish Psychological Defence Authority.

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13 Dec 2021

Coast guard investigating role of alcohol in Baltic Sea ship crash

The Swedish Coast Gaurd is allegedly investigating whether alcohol was a factor in a cargo ship crash that occurred this morning in the Baltic Sea. According to the Coast Gaurd, additional criminal suspicions have arisen in their initial investigation, including gross negligence and sea intoxication. During the collision, one ship

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08 Oct 2021

Finland joins other Nordic nations in curbing Moderna shots

Finland, among other Nordic countries, are suspending or discouraging the use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in certain age groups because of a rare side effect of increased risk of heart inflammation. The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare announced on Thursday that males under age 30 will not receive the

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28 Jun 2021

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven resigns in wake of no-confidence vote

On Monday, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced that he had submitted his notice of resignation, allowing the parliament’s speaker to find a new premier. The announcement comes after the Social Democrat leader lost a vote of no-confidence last week in the parliament after the Left party withdrew his support.

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