The Congress endorses the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO




The Congress of Deputies has endorsed this Thursday the entry of Sweden and Finland into the NATO and has once again reflected the division between the members of the Government, since the ministers of United We Can have abstained in the vote on the accession protocols sealed at the Alliance Summit, which was held in Madrid last June, against the ‘yes’ of the socialist part of the Executive.

The accession of these two countries has gone ahead with a large majority of 290 votes in favor, 11 against and 47 abstentions. have voted for PSOE, PP, Vox, Citizens, PNV and PdeCat. Some parliamentary partners of the Executive, such as ERC, EH Bildu, Más País or Compromís, have decided to abstainbecause although they are critical of the usefulness of NATO, they have argued that it is not possible to vote against the sovereign requests of these two countries.

Y in United We can also have been divided. The purple party, led by Ione Belarra, has decided to abstain, while UIlike the CUP and the BNG, has voted against of accession (not so its leader and Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, who has abstained). Sources from the United Left to Efe have indicated that its federal leadership has decided to vote ‘no’ after having debated and decided intensely within the parliamentary group, “which has developed with total normality and understanding between the different formations that make it up and attending to its operating protocols”. They have also reported that Garzón has decided to abstain despite the fact that his party has always shown an open rejection of NATO.

The PSOE reproaches Podemos for its “equidistance”

During the debate, the spokesman for the PSOESergio Gutiérrez, has notified both Podemos and his investiture partners that one cannot be equidistant “in the face of the suffering of other peoplesbetween the aggressors and the attacked, between the invaders and the invaded, between the threatened and those who threaten”. He has also reproached them for to use this conflict as an “excuse” to criticize NATO and not therefore support the entry of Finland and Sweden into this organization. And he added: “We have to be serious.”

Let Sweden and Finland make the decision that they consider appropriate but it won’t be in our name“, the spokesman for the Confederal Group of United We Can, Gerardo Pisarello, has maintained for his part, after harshly criticizing the Alliance and also the EU, “which was founded with the declared objective of seeking peace and is doing little or nothing to stop war”.

Among other parliamentary allies who have abstained, the spokesman for EH Bildu, Jon Iñarritu, has questioned NATO as an organization and has said that the war in Ukraine cannot be resolved with it or with the sending of more weapons. In this sense, although both countries “are sovereign states” he has said that they would not support him.

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In the halls of Congress, the spokesman for CKDGabriel Rufián has recalled his critical position with NATO but underlining the right to “self-defense” of any State, “including Ukraine”, and also the “scrupulous respect” of his formation for the “sovereignty” of the two Nordic countries.

and Nestor Rego (BNG) has confirmed his vote against and has questioned Sánchez’s plans to increase defense spending and ask him to ask the Spanish if they want “more bombs or more schools”.

The PP: “Sánchez is only president of part of the Government”

The division in the coalition has been the main argument put forward by all the groups that have voted in favor of the entry of both countries into the Alliance. In the opinion of the spokesman for PP, Pablo Hispán, the fact that United We Can has not voted in favor shows that Pedro Sánchez “is only president of a part of the Government” and that Spain is facing “one more chapter of the extravagances to which we are accustomed”. After listing other divisions regarding the shipment of weapons to Ukraine or Sánchez’s commitment to raise defense spending to 2% of GDP, he denounced that Podemos and the rest of its parliamentary partners only support the PSOE when it comes to “weakening the State “, but he has said that when it is to strengthen it like now they can only count on the PP.

For his part, the spokesman for voxAlberto Asarta, has argued that NATO is a “defensive and dissuasive tool, necessary and decisive not only during the Cold War but during the subsequent period and also today”. However, the Spanish “extreme left” “continues with its obsolete, stale and stale discourse” instead of rectifying as the President Felipe González, who from rejecting entry into the Alliance later went on to defend remaining in the 1986 referendum.

In turn, the spokesman for citizens, Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez, lamented that what should be a mere formality, since the Swedes and Finns have already decided that they want to join NATO, is being used by some to question it and try to amend it “from that moral superiority, so far to the left, of tell citizens that they are wrong and how things really are”. “Since this is democratically questionable, the worst thing is the equidistance and dirty and vomitive comparison of confusing victims with executioners,” he lamented.

Spain, one of the few that had not given the go-ahead to date

The two agreements for the accession of these countries were sent to Parliament in the Council of Ministers on August 1, but until last week they could not be qualified by the Congress Bureau because the two summer months are outside the ordinary period of sessions .

Spain is one of the few Alliance countries that have not yet completed this parliamentary processan essential requirement to make effective the incorporation of Sweden and Finland that both countries claimed after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

To speed up the process now, the accession protocols have been processed in Congress by the urgent procedure and in a single reading, that is, with a single debate in plenary, without the need to go through the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chamber.

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