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Sweden clears final hurdle to join NATO as Hungary approves accession

Budapest, Hungary/Stockholm, Sweden Reuters Hungary’s parliament approved Sweden’s NATO accession on Monday, clearing the last hurdle before the historic step by the Nordic country whose neutrality lasted through two world wars and the simmering conflict of the Cold War. Hungary’s vote ended months of delays to complete Sweden’s security policy shift and followed a visit […]

Tiny Baltic island finds itself ‘a pawn’ in Nord Stream gas drama

An early 19th-century tower stands over the harbour of Christianso, a small archipelago with just 98 inhabitants under the administration of the Danish defense ministry in the Baltic Sea near the Nord Stream pipeline blast sites, in Denmark, March 9, 2023.

Christians√∂ in the Baltic Sea, Denmark Reuters Inhabitants of the tiny island of Christians√∂ in the Baltic Sea found themselves in the glare of global media attention this week after reports alleging a boat moored off the rocky outcrop was used to blow up the Nord Stream gas pipelines.  “Practically the entire world called me […]

Archaeologists find well-preserved 500-year-old spices on Baltic shipwreck

Researcher Brendan Foley holds up a jar containing saffron preserved in water, part of a cache of unusually well preserved spices and foodstuffs found on the wreck of the Gribshunden, in his laboratory in Lund University, Denmark, March 2, 2023.

Lund, Sweden Reuters Archaeologists say they have uncovered a “unique” cache of well-preserved spices, from strands of saffron to peppercorns and ginger, on the wreck of a royal ship that sunk off Sweden’s Baltic coast more than 500 years ago. The wreck of the Gribshund, owned by King Hans of Denmark and Norway, has lain […]

Distant rumble of Ukraine war disturbs calm of Baltic islands

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Mariehamn, Finland Reuters The fighting may be more than 2,000 kilometres away across sea and land, but on their remote, rocky outcrop off the southern coast of Finland, the inhabitants of Aland fear the Russian invasion of Ukraine could change their lives for good.  The war has turned decades of European security policy on its […]