Hungary Approves Sweden’s NATO Membership Bid, Clearing Path for Alliance Expansion



Hungary’s Parliament has approved Sweden’s bid to join NATO, marking a significant milestone in Sweden’s path to becoming a member of the Western military alliance. This decision came after overcoming opposition from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, with the vote tallying at 188 in favor and six against. This move was the last major hurdle for Sweden, as Hungary was the last of NATO’s 31 member states to ratify the Swedish membership bid. The approval was welcomed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, highlighting the strength and security it brings to both NATO and Sweden. Furthermore, the broadcast also touches upon Germany’s decision to not send Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine, the resignation of the Palestinian Authority’s government, and protests by European farmers in Brussels against high costs and competition.

  • Hungary’s Parliament votes 188 to 6 in favor of Sweden joining NATO, overcoming previous opposition.
  • This approval removes the last major obstacle to Sweden’s NATO membership, with Hungary being the last member state to ratify the bid.
  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomes the decision, stating it makes NATO stronger and Sweden safer.
  • Germany decides against sending Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine, citing risks of being pulled into the conflict.
  • The Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority announces the resignation of his entire government, a move towards reform and a post-war Middle East peace settlement.
  • European farmers protest in Brussels against high costs, competition, and red tape, seeking ways to ease tensions.

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