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.
- Society and Defence conference.
- 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.
- 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.