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Having debarked from ports in western Sweden, military convoys from various NATO countries are crowding Swedish streets and prompting the police to issue traffic warnings.The operation "Trident Juncture" has a clear goal: to demonstrate the alliance's ability to defend Norway against a foreign aggressor.In both Sweden and Finland, defense spending is increasing, and there is an ongoing debate about whether to upgrade the privileged partnership with NATO to full membership.The Swedish foreign policy establishment understands that any threat to the sovereignty of the Baltic countries or Norway would also be a threat to Sweden's security.Still, full NATO membership remains a controversial issue in Sweden.On one hand, Sweden was an extroverted activist, sounding more like a non-governmental organization than a nation-state; on the other hand, it maintained a hyperrealist "deep security" policy, albeit one that was talked about only in low voices behind closed doors.In the years ahead, Sweden will continue to move closer to NATO.
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