Radio Sweden's coverage of Swedish politics
Member states of the European Union will choose members to the European Parliament in just over a week's time. But what is the interest for the election among Swedes like? Radio Sweden's reporter also wondered and tried to find out.
The Swedish government seeks to implement a joint patent for the whole European Union. After a meeting of the European Council for Market Competition on Thursday evening in Brussels, Sweden’s Trade Minister Ewa Björling told reporters that the council has decided to send a proposal for a joint patent to the European Court of Justice.
Read more Sweden Wants EU Patent
In an attempt to boost the currently weak krona Sweden's debt office said it would boost its exposure in the euro, Reuters reports. The decision came after the government gave the debt office greater flexibility in that matter. This means that the debt office’s exposure to the euro will be increased to 50 billion kronor – which is around $US 6.4 billion.
Read more Debt Office to Boost Weak Krona
Swedes are voting ahead of time for the European Parliament elections, in unexpected numbers.
The official Swedish election day is June 7th, but polling stations for early voting have been open since last Wednesday. According to the Swedish Election Authority, 12 days before the election, 95,000 votes had already been registered, and a number of municipalities haven’t filed their reports.
That’s almost twice as many advanced votes as for the last EU elections. Political scientists say this could indicate that turn-out will be higher than expected. (gw)
The European Union is being blamed for what has been called a major marine catastrophe outside West Africa. The Union has reached agreement with the countries in the region to carry out industrial fishing but a study just released delivers a scathing criticism of the project.
The Liberal Party currently has two MEPs, and if the polls are to be believed they'll be sending two back to Brussels and Strasbourg. Olle Schmidt, the number two name on the Liberal list, has been a member of the European Parliament since 1999, except for a two year break. Radio Sweden asked Olle Schmidt why he wants to go back for another term.
North Korea's nuclear tests continue to dominate the news headlines here in Sweden, with many wondering what the move will mean for peace and stability in the region. Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has expressed his concerns over the matter, but is it enough? Radio Sweden spoke to the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society - the oldest movement of its kind in Scandinavia.
With 6.3 percent of the vote in the previous EU-elections and thus one MEP in Brussels, Sweden's Centre Party is one of the smaller actors on the European stage. On the other hand, the party's front candidate Lena Ek is considered one of the most active Swedish EU politicians. Radio Sweden spoke to Lena Ek and asked her about her party's policy for the coming legislative period in Brussels.
Tabloid Expressen has apologized to the head of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation Wanja Lundby-Wedin for wrongly claiming that a photo that was published on the front page of the paper’s Monday edition depicted her. In fact, the photo shows another woman who does not have any connection with Lundby-Wedin at all.
Read more Expressen Apologizes to Lundby-Wedin
The European Union has called on the Burmese government to immediately release pro-democracy activist and Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi, who has been placed under house arrest for 13 years the past 19 years, is now on trial for the violation of the terms of her detention. After a meeting with Burma’s foreign minister his Swedish counterpart Carl Bildt expressed the EU’s strong demand to release Suu Kyi and all the other political prisoners in the country that is run by a military junta. (ah)
Ford-owned Volvo Cars has announced it is intensifying talks with the Flemish government about a support for the former Swedish car brand. A company spokeswoman said Volvo chief executive Stephen Odell was to discuss potential guarantees from the Flemish government for loans from the European Investment Bank.
Read more Volvo in Talks with Flemish Government
The Swedes have changed sides concerning the European single currency, the euro. According to an opinion poll carried out by opinion research institute Novus and paid for by the Liberal Party, 47 percent of the Swedish population are now in favour of introducing the euro, while 44 percent are against it. 9 percent are unsure whether or not Sweden should abolish its current currency, the krona.
Read more Swedes Want the Euro
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has expressed his concerns over North Korea’s latest nuclear test. Speaking to Swedish Radio news, Bildt said it was incomprehensible that a poor country like North Korea whose people suffers from starvation provoked the international community by conducting nuclear tests.
Read more Bildt Concerned over North Korea
Sweden’s EU Commissioner Margot Wallström has gotten involved in the debate over the Internet and file-sharing.
She’s written to the head of the commission, José Manuel Barroso, calling on the EU to take the initiative and listen to what people are saying. The TT news agency says that in her letter Wallström, who is a commission vice president, says that issues of individual rights, copyright protection, consumer questions, and fighting crime have to be taken on in a new and broader approach.
The widespread criticism in Sweden of an EU-mandated law to stop file-sharing has led to the Pirate Party, which wants to decriminalize downloading, apparently about to win at least one seat in the European Parliament.
Read more Wallström Enters File-sharing Fray
With early voting for Sweden’s EU parliament elections already underway, the polls diverge widely about how well some parties will do.
A Demoskop survey conducted for the week starting May 13th indicated that the pro-filesharing Pirate Party would finish an astonishing third with 7.9 percent of Swedish voters. That could be enough to get two seats in the European Parliament.
Read more "Take Polls with Two Handfuls of Salt"