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Doubts emerge on Belgium’s counter-terror group

10.07.14 @ 09:28

Sweden has opted out of Belgium’s new counter-terrorism scheme amid internal debate on the merits of the plan. The Belgian interior ministry earlier this week said Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, The ...

Post EU ElectionsMerkel takes boat trip with Juncker opponents

10.06.14 @ 09:27

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a trip in Sweden listened to British, Swedish and Dutch arguments against appointing Jean-Claude Juncker as the next EU commission chief. Invited by Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik ...

Post EU ElectionsSwedish Feminist party's EP seat due to larger-than-life leader

04.06.14 @ 09:06

The success of the Feminist Initiative (FI) in gaining one seat in the European Parliament – or 5.49 percent of the Swedish votes – is credited entirely to its leader: Gudrun Schyman. She became a public figure in 1993 ...

OpinionMobilise vulnerable communities to vote: anti-racism NGO

23.05.14 @ 09:20

On 25 May EU citizens will go to the polls to elect our European Parliament representatives. Many decisions taken by the EP have a direct impact on our daily lives. However, the biggest challenge is making sure that ...

Post EU ElectionsThousands able to vote twice in EU elections

22.05.14 @ 09:51

The Swedish election board in Solna should have received a complete data file of Swedish citizens voting in Denmark by 28 April the latest. It did not arrive. "We must have access to this data 30 days before the day of ...

Post EU ElectionsImmigration not a topic for Swedish mainstream parties

06.05.14 @ 09:29

When Jimmie Akesson, leader of the far-right Sweden Democrats (SD), turned up in March at the Norrland University Hospital, a doctor barred the way to the section for the elderly that Akesson intended to visit. "Your ...

Post EU ElectionsNordic populist parties divided on which EP group to join

02.04.14 @ 09:13

Right-wing populist parties from the Nordic countries are set to take different political paths after the European elections in May. While the Sweden Democrats are looking towards the likely coalition between France’s ...

Post EU ElectionsSweden examines its treatment of Roma

27.03.14 @ 09:26

A White Paper on the abuses suffered by Roma people in Sweden during the 1900s will be followed up by a commission on ongoing anti-gypsyism, the Swedish government decided on Wednesday (26 March). “This is a dark and ...

Post EU ElectionsSix people injured after violence linked to Swedish far-right

11.03.14 @ 11:00

Six people taking part in a small celebration of International Women's Day were injured on Saturday (8 March) in the Swedish town of Malmoe. One of them, a 25-year old football supporter who has started an anti- ...

Post EU ElectionsFrom boots to suits: Sweden Democrats' extreme roots

11.03.14 @ 09:08

Sweden, the 1990s. "Sieg Heil!" and "Kick out the foreign scum!" The chants echo over a central Stockholm park. The scenario is always the same, whether they gather on a freezing November evening to honour warrior king ...

Post EU ElectionsHard left and right set for gains in Sweden's EU vote

06.03.14 @ 07:57

The political temperature is feverish in Sweden. Fresh opinion polls arrive every two weeks and are commented upon at length. Every new incident involving a politician is scrutinised in light of the upcoming elections. ...

Post EU ElectionsPublic disclosure unkind to Swedish nationalists

27.02.14 @ 09:32

The presence of a populist, nationalist party in their midst has belatedly convinced Swedish political parties to legislate for compulsory disclosure of party contributions. From 1 April this year, all political parties ...

UK to benefit from Bulgarian and Romanian migrants, study says

15.01.14 @ 16:03

A Swedish economist has said Bulgarians and Romanians who work in other EU states are likely to contribute more to the economy than they take out in benefits. A study published last week by Joakim Ruist, a research ...

FocusArctic region to see greater focus in EU aid

09.10.13 @ 09:26

In September this year a container ship for the first time completed a trip from China to Rotterdam through the Russian Arctic. The captain docked in the Dutch port after a month of sailing and in the knowledge that his ...

Sweden declines safe passage to Magnitsky campaigner

30.09.13 @ 17:56

Sweden has declined to guarantee the safety of a campaigner for EU sanctions on Russian officials despite Russian threats. Bill Browder, a London-based businessman who is calling for EU countries to blacklist Russian ...

Obama to visit Sweden after cancelling Putin meeting

08.08.13 @ 09:28

US President Barack Obama has cancelled a bilateral meeting next month with Russian leader Vladimir Putin following Moscow's decision to grant temporary asylum to fugitive intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. "We have ...

EU asks for answers on UK snooping programme

26.06.13 @ 21:59

European Commission vice-president Viviane Reding has asked UK foreign minister William Hague for details of London's secret snooping programme Tempora by the end of the week. “I have sent a letter to the secretary of ...

Denmark and Sweden have highest taxes

29.04.13 @ 20:35

Danes and Swedes are the highest taxed people in Europe, according to research published on Monday (29 April). Denmark and Sweden claim tax revenues accounting for 47.7 percent of economic output and 44.5 percent ...

InterviewSweden: Who needs Nato, when you have the Lisbon Treaty?

22.04.13 @ 17:50

Swedish defence minister Karin Enstrom has said her country is not in Nato partly because the EU treaty contains its own security guarantee. Speaking to EUobserver at the Globsec conference in Bratislava on Saturday (20 ...

Sweden: EU data bill threatens transparency

21.03.13 @ 09:58

Sweden’s ministry of justice says the EU’s draft data protection law could upset the delicate balance between transparency and privacy in its own national law on access to documents. “With a regulation there is a need ...

Sweden emerges as top EU budget hawk

31.10.12 @ 07:30

Sweden has taken over from the UK as the biggest EU budget hawk after calling for cuts of over €150 billion. Its EU affairs minister, Birgitta Ohlsson, on Tuesday (29 October) lambasted the Cypriot presidency for ...

Sweden protests innocence on EU-Iran sanctions

15.10.12 @ 17:57

Sweden has denied diluting EU sanctions on Iran. But fellow EU diplomats say it did. Walking into an EU meeting in Luxembourg on Monday (15 October), Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt attacked Israeli media reports ...

Ecuador paints EU countries as US stooges

17.08.12 @ 09:26

Ecuador has granted asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange saying the UK and Sweden plan to hand him over to the US for "persecution." Its foreign ministry in a statement on its website on Thursday (16 August) said ...

EU declines to retaliate against Belarus

10.08.12 @ 17:38

EU countries have opted not to retaliate against Belarus in its diplomatic war on Sweden. They will instead tell Belarus' own envoys to EU capitals that the Union is not happy. They might also add more Belarusian ...

OpinionWomen in the EU: an untapped resource

09.07.12 @ 10:59

We are now 7 billion people living on this planet. But populations are not growing everywhere. Most of the affluent countries are expected to face severe demographic challenges due to ageing and shrinking workforces. In ...

Brussels hits out at 'nutty NGOs' and corporate sharks

07.06.12 @ 09:27

The European Commission has said EU freedom of information rules should be tightened up because corporate lawyers and NGOs abuse the system. Its spokesman, Antony Gravili, told EUobserver on Wednesday (6 June) that most ...

No compromise in sight on EU document secrecy

23.05.12 @ 09:20

Negotiators remain far apart on new rules to govern which internal EU documents can be released for public scrutiny. Jakob Alvi, the Danish EU presidency spokesman, told EUobserver on Tuesday (22 May) that member states ...