Monday

27th Mar 2017

Ticker

Sweden to reintroduce military conscription for both sexes

Sweden's centre-left government is expected to formally decide on Thursday to reintroduce compulsory military service from 2018, eight years after it was abolished. Approximately 4,000 18-year-olds of both sexes are expected to be called to service each year. "We have had difficulties in staffing the military units on a voluntary basis and it must somehow be addressed," defence minister Peter Hultqvist told public service radio SR.

Tens of thousands challenge Putin's authority

EU and US call on Russia to free those who are detained, after tens of thousands protested against corruption in the biggest challenge to Kremlin authority in five years.

Agenda

UK to file EU divorce This WEEK

UK prime minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 of the EU treaty on Wednesday, with the EU expected to respond within 48 hours.

Analysis

From Bratislava to Rome: Little more than a show of unity

The so-called Bratislava process of reflection for the EU came to an end on Saturday, but there were few tangible results that citizens could take away from the soul-searching. Despite that, unity among the EU-27 has been maintained.

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