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Turkey favors approving Finland's NATO bid before Sweden's

Jan. 30, 2023 10:25 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey could greenlight Finland’s membership in NATO before that of Sweden, if the military alliance and both Nordic countries agree to it, the Turkish foreign minister said Monday. But Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haaivisto poured cold water on that...

Erdogan might approve Finland's NATO bid, 'shock' Sweden

Jan. 29, 2023 15:56 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president has suggested his country might approve Finland's application for NATO membership before taking any action on Sweden's, while the Turkish government issued a travel warning for European countries due to anti-Turkish demonstrations and what it described as...

At Davos, Ukraine's first lady urges support for her nation

Jan. 17, 2023 11:55 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Ukraine’s first lady on Tuesday pressed world leaders and corporate executives at the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering to do more to help her country at a time when Russia's invasion is leaving children dying and the world struggling with food insecurity. ...

Turkey says Swedish decision not to probe protest 'absurd'

Jan. 17, 2023 11:47 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday denounced as “absurd” a decision by a Swedish prosecutor not to open an investigation into a protest by Kurds in central Stockholm where an effigy of the Turkish president was hung from a lamppost. Last week’s protest outside Stockholm...

Turkey says Nordic NATO expansion unlikely before June

Jan. 14, 2023 11:22 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Sweden and Finland are unlikely to be able to join NATO before June, a senior Turkish official said Saturday. The Nordic states applied to join the Western military alliance in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but their membership must be approved by all...

NATO chief confident Nordic pair will join despite holdups

Jan. 10, 2023 08:01 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed confidence Tuesday that Finland and Sweden will join the military alliance, just days after the government in Stockholm said it had done all it could to satisfy Turkey’s reservations about its membership. Alarmed...

NATO chief: Sweden has done what's needed to join alliance

Jan. 09, 2023 08:19 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — It’s time for Sweden to join NATO because it has done what’s necessary to secure Turkey’s approval for membership, the military alliance's secretary-general said Monday. “I have said that time has come to bring to an end the ratification process for...

Turkey: Sweden still has requirements to meet to join NATO

Dec. 22, 2022 10:30 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey appreciates Sweden's steps so far to get approval to join NATO but it is not even “halfway” through fulfilling the commitments it made to secure Ankara's support, the Turkish foreign minister said Thursday. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said a...

Shareholders of Uniper clear way for German nationalization

Dec. 19, 2022 13:02 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Shareholders of German energy company Uniper on Monday approved a rescue package for the gas supplier, clearing the way for its nationalization. The government announced its plan to nationalize Uniper in September, expanding state intervention in the power sector to...

Finnish defense chief to take advantage of paternity leave

Dec. 19, 2022 09:55 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s defense minister made a stirring argument for his country’s new gender-neutral parental leave system when he announced he would be stepping aside in few weeks to take care of his 6-month-old son, reassuring the nation that it would be in good hands amid a regional...