Good evening, listeners! We have an excellent episode for you this week as we review the recent presidential elections in Portugal and the case for Sweden joining NATO.
First, host Richard Aldous welcomes Tomas Bertelman to the show, a retired Swedish diplomat who has served as Ambassador to Spain, Latvia, Poland, and Russia, to discuss whether Sweden should formalize its solidarity with the NATO alliance through full membership. He takes us through the arguments for and against, weighing them against one another before concluding that joining NATO makes the most sense for Stockholm.
Then, Raquel Vaz-Pinto, researcher of the Portuguese Institute of International Relations and President of the Portuguese Political Science Association, comes on the program to talk about the center-right coalition’s surprisingly strong showing in Portuguese elections over the weekend, the first win for a bailed-out government in the eurozone. She looks at what this means for the politics of austerity in Portugal and in Europe more broadly.