The government said late Monday it will not discourage a local municipality from renting out its port as a base for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, saying it has been given assurances security at the port will be high.
- Karlshamn votes yes.
Swedish Radio reports that the government has changed course and now says leasing a Swedish port to help build a Russian-backed undersea pipeline is no longer a security risk. A government spokeswoman, however, denied the report.
- Society and Defence conference.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has opened up for increasing funding for the Swedish Armed Forces in the coming years, while the centre-right opposition parties are pushing for a boost in defence spending as early as this year.
- EU summit.
Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (S) expressed his concerns about the ongoing war in Syria at a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels.
- Nord Stream 2.
At a meeting with local politicians on Tuesday the government warned of the consequences of allowing Russian businesses into Swedish ports.
- Gas line to Germany.
Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström will meet politicians from Gotland and Karlshamn on Tuesday to discuss the divisive Russian gas pipeline project, Nord Stream 2.
- Limited knowledge
Swedish food production could almost be wiped out in the event of a war, says a study examining how the country would manage its food supplies in the event of a crisis.
Radio Sweden speaks to one of the veterans of Sweden's first peacekeeping mission, during the Suez Crisis of 1956.
- Based in Estonia.
Sweden is developing methods for cyber defence and offence in Nato's cyber warfare centre, says the Ministry for Defence.
- Ask for review.
The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) and the National Defence Radio Establishment (FRA) have criticised new terror laws proposed by the government.
- Sweden takes seat 2017-2018.
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.
- 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.