Sweden joins Finland in signaling imminent NATO bid, ending 200 years of non-alignment

Sweden's ruling Social Democrats on Sunday said they now support joining NATO, hours after Finland's leaders affirmed their intention to get parliamentary approval for membership as early as Monday. "For us Social Democrats, it is clear that the military non-alignment has served Sweden well, but our conclusion is that it won't serve us as well in the future," Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said. "We're now facing a fundamentally changed security environment in Europe."
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Sweden, Finland NATO membership would increase Baltic security, Estonian foreign minister says

BERLIN, May 16 (Reuters) - Sweden and Finland joining NATO would increase the security of the Baltic region, Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets said. "When we see that in our neighbourhood also other democratic countries belong to NATO, it would mean that we could have broader joint exercises and also ... more defence cooperation," Liimets told Reuters in Berlin where she joined a meeting with other NATO counterparts on Saturday.

Latvian minister resigns after commemoration of Soviet wartime victory

VILNIUS, May 16 (Reuters) - Latvia's interior minister resigned on Monday under pressure from the ruling coalition which criticized the police for failing to ban the country's Russian speakers from commemorating earlier this month the Soviet Union's victory in World War Two. Latvia and its neighbours, Estonia and Lithuania, say...

Sunday Boredom Busters: May 15th

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) — The Spring Parade of Homes features nearly 40 newly-built homes on display. The Home Show takes place from 1-5 p.m. The homes are located in Sioux Falls, Brandon, Harrisburg, Tea, Baltic, Hartford and Lake Madison. It costs $5 to tour the two feature homes. All the other homes are free to see.