Political scientist Jonas Hinnfors says Swedish politics has already embraced the blend of social liberal and financial market policies that French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron is standing on.
- Two candidates go on to second round.
Swedish politicians are lining up to support the centrist candidate in France's presidential election, with only the Sweden Democrats' Jimmie Åkesson backing his far-right rival.
- New profession.
Sweden's leading public sector union has agreed to help establish a new entry level care role which will allow new arrivals in Sweden to enter the job market with just nine months' training.
- Centre Party boost.
Voter support for the Moderate Party has taken a plunge after party leader Anna Kinberg Batra announced she was open to cooperating with the Sweden Democrats, a poll from Expressen suggests.
- 'Civil servant level' talks.
Members of the conservative Moderate Party and the nationalist Sweden Democrats will meet soon for talks, a Moderate Party spokesman confirmed.
- Neither opposition nor government has a majority in the Riksdag.
The prime minister and opposition leader have met in a TV debate, for the first time since Anna Kinberg Batra signaled her willingness to bring down Prime Minister Stefan Löfven with support from the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats.
- Moderate Party opens for cooperation.
The leader of Sweden's biggest opposition party remains committed to start working with anti-immigration populists, despite warnings from her liberal colleagues.
Is the centre-right Alliance breaking up? Gothenburg professor Jonas Hinnfors says the Center Party leadership is setting a clear limit for what it will tolerate from its Moderate Party allies.
- Current government is weak minority.
The Center Party has warned its Moderate Party ally that the centre-right coalition will end if Moderates negotiate with Sweden Democrats.
- Would not cover state-sector jobs.
After criticism against government ministers who get top jobs in the private sector, a new system could be created to make sure there are no conflicts of interest.
- Calls for common Alliance budget.
Sweden's conservative Moderate Party is ready to defeat the Social Democrat-Green Party government on a key vote, which could open the way for Moderate leader Anna Kinberg Batra to become prime minister - but neither the Centre Party nor the Liberal Party support the move.
- Set up last year.
The telephone number set up to help people worried about violent extremism has been severely criticised by a new report, which says many worried relatives were unable to get through.
- Moderates and Christian Democrats.
Leaders of Sweden's centre-right opposition have expressed worry over the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA.
- Would mean cross-bloc coalition.
The Liberal Party is ready to form a government with the Social Democrats after the next election, saying it is to keep "extremists" from power.