The leadership side has previously been against a Swedish membership in NATO.

But with Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the position has changed and Aftonbladet's political editor-in-chief now considers it "a little reluctant" that Sweden should apply for membership in NATO.

- This is the first time since the Second World War that we have seen this type of aggression war in Europe, where they literally intend to destroy another country, says Anders Lindberg.

But it is above all Finland's imminent membership in the military alliance and the Finnish security policy report presented last week that caused the cup to overflow, Lindberg says.

- It clearly states that Finland is opening up to a process in which it will apply for NATO membership.

This means that the last heavy counter-argument against Swedish membership falls.

- At present, Sweden's closest security co-operation is with Finland, and if Finland joins NATO, it will fall, which will make Sweden weaker.

"The counter-arguments remain"

The Social Democrats have also been in favor of Swedish NATO membership.

But due to the current security situation in Europe, the issue has been re-evaluated, and according to Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson (S), the party is currently analyzing the situation.

Anders Lindberg agrees that the process must take time.

- An important issue for me is, among other things, that Sweden does not accept nuclear weapons on Swedish territory.

This is something that needs to be discussed.

It may take time, I think that is important.

How have the discussions been conducted at the editorial office prior to this decision?

- It is a discussion that has hurt during these weeks that have been.

But ultimately, the decision of what I write is mine.

As political editor-in-chief, I am responsible for the newspaper's political line and my assessment is that the arguments for outweigh.

- However, this does not mean that the counter-arguments have disappeared, they remain and must be handled, Lindberg says.