How significant was the government reshuffle? Not very, one political scientist tells Radio Sweden about Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's minister selections Wednesday.
- Newcomers are experienced politicians.
- Åsa Romson and Gustav Fridolin.
Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven declined to speculate on the political futures of the Green Party's spokespersons Åsa Romson and Gustav Fridolin after the pair announced that they are prepared to step down.
- Leaders' fates in hands of nominating committee.
Åsa Romson and Gustav Fridolin are prepared to step aside as co-spokespersons for the Green Party if members decide to change leadership, the two said at a Monday press conference.
- Sweden's 'alternative' party.
Although the Green Party has been in Swedish Parliament since the late 1980s, the group may still be a little green behind the ears when it comes to national politics due to their original aim to be Sweden's alternative to established parties.
- Yasri Khan.
Education Minister Gustav Fridolin apologized Wednesday on behalf of his party the Greens after a member refused to shake a female reporter's hand on religious grounds.
- Kaplan, Romson, Khan.
Just mid-way through the week the Green Party, part of the coalition government, has seen one of its ministers resign and has suffered a series of media gaffes.
- Green party's Mehmet Kaplan.
The Swedish housing minister is facing criticism after a photo emerged showing him attending a celebration where Turkish nationalist extremists were also present.
- Heavy on benefits, short on change.
Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson's spring budget is optimistic, with forecasts of GDP growth and a steady decline in unemployment, but members of Sweden's political opposition say it fails to address the nation's long-term problems.
- Calls to stop flights by 2038.
A government-commissioned review has called for expanding Stockholm's main international airport, Arlanda, and shutting down the capital's more centrally located Bromma Airport in order to make way for more housing.
- Aid organisations report.
After the election in 2014, the Social Democrat and Green government proudly announced it would pursue a "feminist foreign policy". Now a report by 12 organisations working with foreign aid and development says several of its decisions are not very feminist at all.
- Not enough names to call vote.
An effort by Green Party members to organize a recall vote on the Social Democrat-Green government's decision to tighten asylum rules will likely not come to pass, Swedish Radio News reports.
- Minister tells SVT.
To meet the deadline for an EU directive, in two years Sweden will need to choose an age limit under which children would need their parent's consent to begin using social media sites. The change might mean a parent would have to consent to the terms of service when their child starts an account on sites like Facebook or Instagram.
- 700,000 new homes needed by 2025.
Government leaders on Wednesday called upon all parties to put political bickering aside in order to solve the nation's growing housing shortage.
- 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.