When Finland becomes a member of NATO, only a handful of European countries will be militarily non-aligned.
Neutrality is under threat, its supporters say, while opponents say it is a luxury European states cannot afford.
The war in Ukraine has put more stress on countries like Switzerland, Ireland and Austria, which remain militarily non-aligned.
These countries have sanctioned Russia, but they are not getting involved in the conflict – sending neither weapons nor personnel to the battlefield.
Sweden and Finland – once strongholds of neutrality – have applied to join NATO, with Finland due to join the bloc in the coming days.
Does neutrality still count? Or is it an outdated concept in today’s world?
Presenter: Cyril Vanier
Jori Arvonen – President of the European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats and former Finnish Undersecretary of State for European Union Affairs
Jean-Marc Rickli – Head of Global and Emerging Risks at the Geneva Center for Security Policy and specialist in the military policies of neutral and non-aligned European states
Richard Boyd Barrett – Member of the Irish Parliament representing the People Before Profit party and leader of the Irish anti-war movement