We Believe They Are Ready: US On Sweden, Finland’s Candidacy For NATO

The United States said on the candidacies of Sweden and Finland for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) that the two Nordic countries are ready and should be added to the world’s strongest defence alliance at the earliest possible opportunity. Addressing a press briefing on Tuesday, the US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said that the US has been very clear about its views on Finland and Sweden’s candidacies for NATO membership in public, as well as in private.    “The issue of Sweden and Finland is not a bilateral…

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Europe’s gas storage is almost full for winter. But the IEA fears next year may be very difficult

A German gas storage facility photographed in September 2022. European countries are attempting to wean themselves off Russian gas following the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine. Krisztian Bocsi | Bloomberg | Getty Images The executive director of the International Energy Agency on Wednesday said that while Europe’s gas storage for this winter was nearly full, the following one could pose a significant challenge. Taking questions following a meeting of the Economic Council of Finland, Fatih Birol said close to 90% of gas storage was full in Europe. “I would have preferred…

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Volkswagen-backed Northvolt to develop wood-based batteries for EVs

This image from 2007 shows logs and wood chips outside a Stora Enso paper mill in Finland. The firm says it’s “one of the largest private forest owners in the world.” Suzanne Plunkett | Bloomberg | Getty Images Northvolt will partner with Stora Enso to develop batteries that incorporate components produced using wood sourced from forests in the Nordic region. A joint development agreement between the firms will see them work together on the production of a battery containing an anode made from something called lignin-based hard carbon. An anode…

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World’s largest hybrid ship set to ferry passengers between Britain and France

An artist’s impression of the Saint-Malo at sea. According to Brittany Ferries will have a battery capacity of 11.5 megawatt hours. Brittany Ferries A ship set to carry passengers between the U.K. and France in the next few years will be the largest hybrid-vessel ever built, according to operator Brittany Ferries. In a statement Tuesday, the company said the Saint-Malo vessel would have a battery capacity of 11.5 megawatt hours. This, the firm added, was “approximately double that typically used for hybrid propulsion in marine vessels.” Brittany Ferries said the…

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UK Strongly Supports NATO Memberships Of Finland And Sweden

The UK government has said it strongly supports the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) as Sweden and Finland confirmed their intention to apply for membership of the military alliance, in a historic shift of foreign policy stance in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on Monday evening that the two Nordic countries should be integrated into NATO, which operates on a collective defence basis under which an attack against any one ally is considered as an attack against all allies. The…

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NATO Expects Turkey Not To Hold Up Finland, Sweden Membership

NATO and the United States said on Sunday they were confident Turkey would not hold up membership of Finland and Sweden in the Western military alliance, as the two Nordic states took firm steps to join in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Finnish President Sauli Niinisto confirmed on Sunday that his country would apply to join NATO, while Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats announced an official policy change that would pave the way for their country to apply within days. Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said she will go to…

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Some passports are better than others. Here’s a list of the most powerful ones

A new index ranks Luxembourg as the top passport in the world for aspiring global citizens.   The small European country ranked No. 1 out of 199 places in the “Nomad Passport Index 2022” published by the tax and immigration consultancy Nomad Capitalist. While many passport rankings focus solely on visa-free travel, this index adds taxation, global perception, ability to obtain dual citizenship and personal freedoms into its scoring. “I don’t think visa-free travel is all that matters,” said CEO Andrew Henderson. For example, U.S. and Canadian passports are similar…

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Tesla rival Lucid plans to launch in Europe this year

People test drive Dream Edition P and Dream Edition R electric vehicles at the Lucid Motors plant in Casa Grande, Arizona, September 28, 2021. Caitlin O’Hara | Reuters Electric vehicle maker Lucid plans to start selling its cars in Europe this year. The California-headquartered firm, which competes with Tesla, announced the expansion on Tuesday after a Twitter user asked if an image of some new Lucid owners were based in the U.K. “Expansion to European markets will begin this year. Stay tuned for country-specific delivery information,” the company tweeted in…

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India, Finland Have Agreed To Explore New Areas Of Cooperation: MEA

India and Finland have agreed to explore cooperation in new areas like startups, health and pharmaceuticals, space and vocational education, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Wednesday. The two sides also carried out a comprehensive review of their bilateral ties at the 11th India-Finland foreign office consultations that took place in Helsinki on Tuesday, the MEA said. It said both sides exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest including Afghanistan, Indo-Pacific, India-EU partnership, cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic regions and COP-26. “Both sides agreed…

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Finland not yet going to open borders for tourists, says Interior Ministry

Helsinki [Finland], January 18 (ANI/Sputnik): Finland is not going to open its borders for tourists in the near future, as the government is set to introduce some new coronavirus-related entry restrictions on Friday, Eriikka Koistinen, a spokeswoman for the Finnish Ministry of the Interior, told Sputnik.Russia will resume air travel with Finland, Vietnam, India and Qatar on January 27, the Russian coronavirus response center announced.“Finland will definitely not open for tourism in the near future. On the contrary, the government plans to make a decision on new restrictions on Finland…

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