Negotiating with NATO

In April 2023 Finland joined NATO, an alliance of countries formed after the second world war to help one another if they come under attack. NATO decisions are made by consensus and Sweden's application remains blocked by Turkey and Hungary.

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Is it fair that all 31 members of NATO have to agree before a new country joins the alliance? And why do countries sometimes have different opinions during NATO negotiations?

Use this one-hour Headline lesson to help your students:

  • Understand what NATO is and why it is in the news
  • Explore why countries may have different perspectives during NATO negotiations
  • Discuss the questions members should ask before deciding whether a new country can join

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