The Sweden Democrat leadership has spoken out on the "Putilov affair" after a Swedish Radio investigation found a parliamentary assistant had used several false names and received millions from a property deal with a Russian criminal businessman.
- Man described as "security risk".
- Opposition mainly abstained.
Swedish lawmakers passed a law that demands identity documents for travellers to Sweden, including making train and bus companies police this rule.
- Sweden Democrats on the rise.
The governing Social Democrats and Greens have the lowest voter support in many years according to an opinion poll conducted by Novus and published by Swedish Radio News on Saturday.
- U-turn on previous position.
The Center Party voted late Friday to make pursuing a possible NATO membership part of its official political platform, Swedish Radio News reports.
- Annie Lööf on parental leave.
Sweden's Center Party kicked off its convention on Thursday where one of the hotter issues likely to be discussion is the party's position on joining the NATO military alliance.
- "You need incentives "
The Swedish Centre party wants to introduce a bonus in order to encourage fathers to stay at home from work when their children are ill, reports Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.
- Supports Sweden's entrance.
Ahead of their annual party conference in a month's time, the Centre Party board has announced they will support Sweden's entrance to NATO, the military alliance of the United States, Canada, and European nations. The change could mean that all four of the minority-Alliance parties support NATO membership - a potential political tide-turner - after the Christian Democrat leadership signalled they would consider such a stance as well.
- Will advocate for Security Council seat.
Center Party's Lena Ek has been chosen to represent Sweden as honorary ambassador for its candidacy to the UN Security Council, Foreign Minister Margot Wallström announced Friday in a press release.
- Support grows in three of four parties.
A majority of voters with the four-party opposition Alliance want to cooperate with the pariah Sweden Democrats on issues where the parties think alike, according to a new poll.
- Alliance coalition.
Sweden's opposition Alliance coalition will submit both a joint budget and their own separate proposals in response to the government's budget this spring.
- Response to Moderates' push for membership.
Social Democrat defence minister, Peter Hultqvist, has delivered a flat no to the idea of investigating the pros and cons of Swedish Nato membership, as proposed by the Moderate Party.
- Three smaller parties keen on split.
Leading members of Sweden’s centre-right Alliance want their parties to formulate their own economic policies and present separate spring budgets.
- No income tax rise for a year.
On Saturday the red-green government and the centre-right Alliance reached a deal that will allow a minority government to get its budget through.
- See it as strengthening Left Party.
Former conservative Moderate Party ministers have attacked the December deal that allows the Social Democrats to remain in government.