Members of the Nordic Council are Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. The fourth and fifth paragraphs are revealing (to those still requiring a revelation) regarding EU/NATO Europe’s relationship to the Pentagon. The third, that the collapse of the Soviet Union encouraged affiliation with and membership in NATO is staggering its its leap of logic.
This year the Nordic Council has asked Nato’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, to address the annual parliamentarian assembly (2-4 November) in Copenhagen.
“Stoltenberg will address us in Copenhagen, when we have the annual session, as now Sweden and Finland are no longer embarrassed to have cooperation with Nato countries”, Nordic Council president, Bertel Haarder, told EUobserver in an exclusive interview.
“For Nordic cooperation, the fall of the Soviet Union meant that suddenly we could cooperate not only in culture and domestic affairs but also when it comes to national security”, he says.
Haarder says that he asked the Pentagon whether it would be a problem from an US point of view that Nato-members (Denmark, Norway and Iceland) cooperate with the two non-aligned countries (Sweden and Finland).
“The answer was that this is not a problem at all. Quite the contrary. It means a strengthening of the north-flank of Nato and as the civil servant said with a twinkle in his eye: “We get it for free”. Because Sweden and Finland are not covered by the [Nato] Article 5, so they get no guarantees…