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Nordic NATO Candidacy – Commission Mid-Time Report – Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly – POLITICO


We unpack Sweden and Finland’s landmark bids to join NATO, provide a half-time POLITICO report on the European Commission’s performance so far, and hear from Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly on relations with the EU and more.

POLITICO’s Andrew Gray is joined by correspondent Charlie Duxbury in Stockholm, senior NATO reporter Lili Bayer and chief Europe correspondent Matthew Karnitschnig, who is calling from Warsaw. The team breaks down the strategic thinking behind Finland and Sweden’s big changes to NATO, the implications for the alliance, possible reactions from Russia and Turkey’s tough talk on membership applications.

Lili brings us the opinion of the Finnish Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Pekka Haavisto.

We’re also taking you inside a POLITICO newsroom-wide effort to assess the performance of the European Commission halfway through its five-year term. Who has been a star player? Who was relegated to the bench? Senior political reporter Joshua Posaner has some of the answers and you can read the full report here.

The Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, is our special guest. During a visit to Brussels this week, she spoke with David M. Herszenhorn of POLITICO about Canada’s efforts to help alleviate global food and energy problems caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine and relations with the European Union. Joly also sheds light on the challenges she and others face balancing political responsibility and personal life.




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