Hungary Votes to Allow Finland into NATO

The Hungarian Parliament today voted unanimously to allow Finland into NATO. After Turkey recently voted to allow the same, Finland now has no more barriers to joining the alliance. Hungary had been debating the issue of Finland and Sweden’s ascension into NATO due to several diplomatic disputes after they “rudely, baselessly and casually insulted Hungary”, largely in reference to questions about the state of Hungary’s democracy.

In February, Hungary sent delegations to the two nations in order to try and resolve the dispute. In regards to Sweden, Hungary says they hope to reach the same result, an overwhelming vote in favour of them joining, but there are still issues to resolve. A vote on Sweden joining the alliance will be held at a later date, as it is still debated in Hungary. Turkey is also still holding up Sweden’s ascension, citing the nations relation to several Kurdish groups.