Thomas Theiner
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    Unlike Sweden, Poland has kept defense spending at 1.95% for the last decade, which is the bare minimum for a nation under threat. However, with a government debt of 49.9% of GDP and a budget deficit of 2.9%, Poland has little room to...

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    Having neglected its defense for a quarter of a century and not fought in a major war since 1814, Sweden has a long list of tasks to improve its defense capabilities. As its government debt is just 41.3% of GDP, its budget...

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    Over the last 15 years Sweden has cut its defense budget by 40%, going from 15 combat brigades to none, and the combat readiness of its troops dropped from 1 day to weeks. In short, Sweden fully enjoyed the peace dividend. But...

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    My latest article “Gotland – the Danzig of our time” caused a bit of a stir in the nations surrounding the Baltic Sea. That is understandable. All of them, with the exception of Finland, are underprepared and...

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    Over the past 12 months Russia’s air force has flown a series of aggressive combat patrols over the Baltic Sea, including mock nuclear strikes against Sweden’s capital Stockholm, in order to assess the reaction time and...

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    by Thomas C. Theiner A few days ago the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker floated the idea of creating a European Union Army. I love the idea. I fully support and have supported the creation of a European Army since...

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  • International

    Today I discovered that pro-Russia activists, pro-Russia trolls and reporters of Russia Today spread a screencap of a translation I tweeted as my words. As always they are in high excitement about the “nazi” thoughts...

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  • Opinion

    A year ago Russian snipers under orders of Putin’s aide Vladislav Surkov opened fire on demonstrators in Kyiv’s central Maidan square to force Yanukovych into at long last using the Ukrainian Armed Forces to crush the...

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    The Gripen – a flying Swedish holiday spoiler for Russian tourists everywhere Ukraine is under attack by Russia. Putin irrevocably has given up all pretense of being a democrat or a man you can trust and work with. Now he is...

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    The war Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin wages against Ukraine becoming a free, democratic and prosperous nation began over a year ago. The day when it actually started isn’t publicly known, as Putin and his envoys began the war by...

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