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Christian Democrats may support Nato membership

Published onsdag 5 juni 2013 kl 09.55

The defence spokesman for the Christian Democrats says Sweden should join Nato. Writing in today's Svenska Dagbladet, Mikael Oscarsson says "the conditions for a successful independent defence policy" no longer exist.

The debate article is also signed by previous defence spokespersons from the Christian Democrats dating back to 1991, and they have put in a motion to their party's conference, where they hope to change Christian Democrat policy on Nato.

They say a common argument against Christian Democrat support for Nato is the military alliance's possession of nuclear weapons, but counter this by saying nuclear-armed Britain and France are already linked to Sweden's defence through the EU.

If the Christian Democrats vote to support Nato membership the Center Party will be the only government party against membership. But the Moderates currently say that they will only push the issue if the Social Democrats are onboard.

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