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Sweden doesn’t want US missiles on its territory

Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hulqvist, in an article published in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper, announced Stockholm’s intention to continue to adhere to military neutrality and not join the North Atlantic Alliance, despite the demands of center-right parties.

“I do not think that the solution to all defense issues in our part of Europe is solved only by membership in NATO,” the Swedish defense minister said.

Earlier in March, the Swedish research agency published data that assesses the military power of the North Atlantic Alliance and its partners. According to their data, compared to Russia, NATO members are poorly prepared for the emergence of a major conflict. Russia will be able to enter the Baltic states in a matter of days, as NATO will be too slow to respond. Russia will have an advantage, because the bloc’s forces are too dispersed, differ in their military capabilities, and their joint training is insufficient.

However, the report said that an armed attack on NATO members, partners, or EU countries by Russia is highly unlikely. However, a serious strategic threat from the West could exacerbate the situation in the region. In other words, Sweden believes that the growing military presence of the United States and NATO at the borders of Russia provokes Moscow to retaliate.

Thus, the US decision to deploy missile defense facilities in Poland and Romania was followed by a response in the form of the transfer of the Iskander missile defense system to the Kaliningrad region. In Sweden, this is well understood, and they do not want to have Russian missiles at their side. However, security in the Scandinavian region does not depend only on Sweden. According to the Swedish defense minister, the possible accession of Sweden to the alliance “will change the situation” for the non-aligned neighboring Finland, a key partner of Stockholm in defense issues. “And Finland has a very long border with Russia.”

Recall that Finland also adheres to the neutral status enshrined in the country’s military doctrine, and Sweden’s accession to NATO will certainly launch a similar process in the neighboring country, which has a long border with Russia.

The involvement of the two Scandinavian countries in NATO will be beneficial only to Washington. At the moment, Sweden and Finland have quite close economic ties and good neighborly relations. In the case of joining the alliance, it will not be limited to military exercises. For example, in same Norway, strategic bombers are already deployed, there is one missile defense facility and another is under construction. The Norwegian Navy is part of the global missile defense system and is equipped with the American Aegis system.

Instead of moving closer to NATO, Stockholm will take the path of modernizing and increasing the capabilities of its own armed forces.

Mike Pompeo got a job at Fox News

Former Secretary of State of the United States (held this position under Donald Trump) Mike Pompeo has become an expert for Fox News Media, the organization said.

He will be engaged in analytics in programs aired on the Fox News and Fox Business channels, according to the TV company’s website.

Pompeo, who is a diplomat, civil servant, entrepreneur, and lawyer, will be engaged in analytics on Fox News Media platforms, including in the daytime and evening programs of Fox News and Fox Business, the report says.

For the first time, Pompeo will appear as a full-time pundit on FOX & Friends, which will be released on April 9. He promised to provide viewers with “ an honest and balanced opinion on issues related to geopolitics and international relations.”

On the eve of the former US President Donald Trump, as well as a number of supporters of the Republican Party, joined the new social platform Campaign Nucleus, which was created by a former adviser to the Trump campaign staff Brad Parscale.

Instagram Facebook, Twitter, Twitter, Twitter, and Twitter have previously blocked Trump’s accounts for various periods of time because of his statements about the riots in Washington on January 6.

However, Trump plans to start posting on social media again in the coming months. According to an aide to the former American leader, Jason Miller, Trump “will return to social media in two or three months.” It will be published “on its own platform”, which will attract “tens of millions” of people. According to Miller, this will “completely change the rules of the game.”

Tesla is trying to challenge the violation of US labor law

The leading manufacturer of electric cars Tesla filed a petition against the decision of the National Labor Relations Administration of the United States, which indicates the firm as a violator of American labor laws, reports Reuters.

The reason why Tesla is accused of violating the laws is a tweet by the company’s CEO, Elon Musk, in which he announced the company’s imminent withdrawal from participation in the union.

“There is nothing stopping the Tesla team at our car factory from voting to join the union. We could do it tomorrow if we wanted to. But why pay union dues and give up stock options for nothing? Our safety record was 2 times better than when the plant was a union member and everyone is already receiving health care, “ Musk wrote in 2018.

The court found that Musk’s statement violated the law, and ordered to delete the tweet, but the billionaire refused to do so.

In a petition filed by Tesla against the court order, the company asks for a review of the decision and to provide it with “any additional assistance that the court deems fair and impartial.”

Earlier, Musk lost a labor dispute.

What are the chances of the EU’s New Green Deal?

According to the plans of the European Commission, the package of measures taken to overcome the coronavirus crisis should be based on a New Green Deal. At the same time, Brussels is betting on an initiative called the “New European Bauhaus”. The aim of the project is to promote such principles and values as quality design, environmental sustainability, barrier-free operation, and investment. Meanwhile, negotiations on a new climate law due to be passed this spring have stalled. Observers are concerned about how the situation is developing.

Don’t miss at least this train

The European Union has a unique chance to catch up on the world stage, “ writes El Pais:

“In the digital race, the 27 EU countries have long been behind the US and China, but in the green race, they may well give others a head start. Eight of the ten most important companies in the field of clean energy are European. Europe must not miss this train! At stake are energy independence, the creation of many jobs, and control over technology of global significance. In addition, leadership in the field of green technologies can help the EU strengthen its image of moral authority, and this is worth a lot. Authority is imperceptible physically, but its significance is extremely great.”

Poland needs a change of course

Poland should switch from coal to renewable energy sources as soon as possible, — Rzeczpospolita insists:

“We are heading for a collision course, but we still have time for rescue maneuvers. If we miss this opportunity, we face an economic catastrophe. Rising energy prices will lead to the ruin of Polish companies and enterprises, which have already suffered from numerous lockdowns. Therefore, the economic recovery plan and the implementation of the New Green Deal in Poland should focus on green technologies. Otherwise, the Polish economy is unlikely to benefit significantly from the funds allocated by the European Union. After all, those who rely on alternative energy sources will receive the most funding.”

Results can only be achieved together

The new Green Deal should cover all EU countries, warns Rzeczpospolita:

“The idea of Ursula von der Leyen should not be limited to a group of selected countries — or a certain ‘elite’. Walter Gropius, the ideologues of the Bauhaus, said that his school should serve people — and be universal. And why this dream is not feasible if someone is deliberately excluded from it. The new Bauhaus should be built jointly by all EU countries. Including Poland, a European country with a viable industry and crafts.”

The course leading to a collision with the United States

EU plans will not strengthen relations with the US, warns The Spectator:

“President Joe Biden’s program idea is to promote green energy, focused on the production of renewable and clean electricity. … The EU has almost the same agenda: most of the fund for economic recovery from the consequences of the corona crisis in the amount of 750 billion euros is planned to be directed to this area. However, there cannot be two global leaders in the field of green energy! Competition for leadership in this area is likely to further alienate the parties from each other.”

Lithuanian President agrees with Biden: Putin is a killer

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin can be called a murderer.

This is reported by the Delfi portal.

“Unfortunately, yes,” Nauseda said when asked if he could have followed US President Joe Biden in calling Putin a murderer.

According to the Lithuanian president, Russia pointedly does not take into account the territorial integrity of neighboring countries, such as Ukraine.

“I see many signs that demonstrate a clear indifference, let’s call it so, in relation to the values of the civilized world, ignoring the right of nations to self – determination, ignoring the territorial integrity of their neighbors, which the Kremlin has been doing quite demonstratively lately,” Gitanas Nauseda said.

Another important aspect, he said, is the situation inside Russia, where the regime is “most brutally” targeting opposition leaders such as Alexei Navalny.

“And to continue to say, with a hunched head, that, you know, we are looking for how to get involved in relations with Russia, which I sometimes hear from my colleagues in the European Union – it is necessary both emotionally and geographically to be very far from what is called Russia, to say this,” Nauseda said.

Recall that recently between the presidents of the United States and Russia there was a verbal altercation in absentia.

In a recent interview, Joe Biden said that Russia interfered in the US presidential election and must pay for its actions. He also answered in the affirmative to the question of whether he considers Vladimir Putin a murderer.

Putin wished Biden good health in response to his words and recalled a children’s saying.