For the hundreds of Swedish soldiers serving in UN missions, cutting bureaucracy would be the best outcome of this Nordic nation holding a Security Council Seat, says a veteran of the Mali force.
- Sweden takes seat 2017-2018.
- Joining Nato’s Stratcom.
Sweden is joining the Nato Strategic Communications Centre (Stratcom) as part of its efforts to combat disinformation.
- Decision in four months.
As the Swedish government gets ready to make a decision on what kind of armed force they need, Radio Sweden asked Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist what he thinks of the suggestion to bring back military service.
- No need for change in law.
Because of the worsening security situation and the failure to recruit enough professional soldiers Sweden should re-start compulsory military service next year, says a government investigation.
- Opposition wants security situation review.
Prime minister Stefan Löfven has dismissed the reports that an increased military threat from Russia is behind the decision to put permanent troops on the island of Gotland earlier than previously planned.
- Coming report.
In spite of closer ties and cooperation over recent years, Sweden will not seek NATO membership, the government stated on Friday.
- Working within the EU.
Sweden’s government does not support the building of the German-Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but has no legal way to stop it, was the message from Foreign Minister Margot Wallström in Thursday’s parliamentary debate.
The Swedish parliament will debate the Nord Stream 2 pipeline today, as the opposition Christian Democrats say the Russian-German pipeline in the Baltic should be blocked, because of the invasion of Ukraine.
- Inquiry into Swedish membership.
An arms race in the Baltic region is a likely scenario if Sweden joins NATO, but the risk of a conflict involving Russia would decline, according to a government investigation.
- "People cheering."
The yearly Veteran March left Stockholm on Sunday, and one of the organisers says he hopes it will help the ordinary Swede see how many peacekeeping veterans there are, and what they have been through.
- Stockholm's Pride is the biggest LGBT event in Scandinavia, but we hear how it is under attack. Plus, veterans of Swedish peacekeeping can feel ignored, and are marching at the weekend.
- The fight against terrorism.
Sweden is increasing cooperation with the EU’s police authority Europol by placing a liaison officer from the Security Service, Säpo, in its headquarters for the first time.
Foreign states are spying on Swedish agencies, the Security Service has warned. They say there’s a danger that companies government agencies outsource work to are actually operated by foreign powers trying to get information about Sweden.
- Most from Russia and Islamic State.
Psychological warfare is becoming an increasing threat to Sweden with the country exposed to daily attacks of disinformation, say the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB).
- Defense Minister supports decision.
The US has asked Sweden to step-up its troop levels in Iraq, to aid in the fight against the terrorist group Islamic State.