Finland state

Orban victory could block Finland’s NATO aspirations –

Hungary’s newly re-elected Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party winning Sunday’s election has some Finnish analysts wondering if Orbán could stand in the way of their NATO aspirations or demand something from NATO or the EU by exchange of support.

Among those analyzing the issue is Jarno Limnéll, an MP for the liberal-conservative National Coalition Party, a professor at Aalto University specializing in cybersecurity and a member of the World Economic Forum’s network of experts.

In his opinion piece, published in the e-zine Uusi Suomi on Tuesday, Limnéll recalled the dispute over the principles of the rule of law, which was one of the main priorities of the country during its EU presidency in 2019. He also urged Hungary to launch a smear campaign against the Finnish justice system.

Limnéll suggests that Hungary might now feel able to ask for something in return for supporting Finland’s possible NATO bid.

The conclusion Limnéll came to is that Finland should apply for NATO at the same time as Sweden, with whom Hungary has no political grievance.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with CNN on Sunday April 3 that he expects all EU member states to welcome Finland into joining the alliance if she wants it. Greece has denied rumors that it might try to block Finland’s membership.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin and President Sauli Niinistö also said they were not aware of any states resisting Finland’s membership. “Turkey supports Finland’s goals,” Niinistö tweeted on Monday April 4 following his talks with Turkish President Erdogan.