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Delays in Hungary’s Approval of Sweden’s NATO Application Due to Democratic Concerns

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Hungary’s Approval of Sweden’s NATO Membership Application in Question

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Introduction

The Hungarian parliament is facing uncertainty regarding the approval of Sweden’s application to join NATO, potentially causing further delays in the process.

Concerns Over Democratic Standards

Since July 2022, Hungary’s approval of Sweden’s NATO membership has been stuck in parliament due to concerns about criticism of Hungary’s democratic standards by Swedish politicians.

Parliament Speaker’s Statement

Parliament Speaker Laszlo Kover, a senior lawmaker from the ruling Fidesz party, expressed doubts about the necessity of approving Sweden’s offer to join NATO in an interview with HirTV.

Letter from Hungarian Foreign Minister

Last week, the Hungarian Foreign Minister sent a letter to his Swedish counterpart reiterating concerns about biased and unfair accusations made by some Swedish politicians against the Hungarian government.

Sweden’s NATO Membership Application

In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Sweden applied for NATO membership last year. While most NATO members ratified its application promptly, Hungary and Turkey have not yet done so.

Coordination between Turkey and Hungary

Both Turkey and Hungary are closely coordinating their positions on Sweden’s NATO membership request.

Upcoming Parliament Meeting

The Hungarian Parliament is scheduled to convene later this month, but it remains uncertain whether the debate and vote on Swedish ratification will be included in the agenda.

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