Charles Szumski

Sweden, Denmark face ‘serious’ gas shortages

Swedish and Danish energy authorities issued an ‘early warning’ over gas shortages due to the reduced supplies of Russian gas on the European market. As Russia reduced its gas supplies to Germany by 60%, Sweden and Denmark issued the lowest...
Central Asia 17-06-2022

Kazakhstan key ‘Middle Corridor’ linking China to EU

Kazakhstan has a vital role to play in the Middle Corridor, or Trans-Caspian International Transport Route EU officials said at a public event in Brussels on Wednesday (15 June).

Germany, France, Italy back EU candidate status for Ukraine

France, Germany, Italy, and Romania are all in favour of Ukraine receiving "immediate" official status of an EU candidate, leaders of the four EU countries said on Thursday (16 June) during a visit to the war-torn country struggling to repel a massive invasion launched by Russia.

Sweden’s former environment minister slams government’s green policies

Sweden’s former Environment Minister Per Bolund criticised the government’s climate policy ahead of the “Stockholm+50” UN climate meeting in the capital on Thursday and Friday. In an interview with Expressen on Wednesday (1 June), Bolund criticised his country’s current Climate and Environment...

We are in an extreme climate crisis, says Swedish climate minister

We find ourselves in an extreme climate crisis, Swedish Climate and Environment Minister Annika Strandhäll said on Sunday ahead of June’s UN climate meeting due to take place in Stockholm. Sweden and Kenya will organise a high-level meeting entitled “Stockholm+50:...
Global Europe 12-05-2022

UK ‘formalises’ mutual security assurances with Sweden, Finland

The UK signed agreements confirming mutual security assurances with Finland and Sweden after Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited both Helsinki and Stockholm on Wednesday. On Wednesday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Swedish counterpart Magdalena Andersson signed a “political declaration of...

MEP: Sweden’s NATO policy ‘not democratically responsible’

Sweden's ruling Social Democrats have not given proper treatment to the subject of the country's possible NATO membership, a move that could raise tensions in northern Europe and therefore requires a wider democratic debate, a Swedish EU lawmaker told EURACTIV in an interview.
Agrifood 09-05-2022

Swedish opposition parties to cry wolf in defiance of EU

Most lawmakers in the Riksdag want to reduce the number of wolves in Sweden by nearly half, even if this means they have to defy the EU. After divisions and major disagreements in the Riksdag’s environment and agriculture committee, a...
Global Europe 05-05-2022

Nordic countries want fast ratification of Swedish, Finnish NATO membership

The five Nordic prime ministers gathered in Copenhagen for the India-Nordic summit, where green energy, Russia and a possible fast NATO ratification period for Sweden and Finland were on the agenda on Wednesday. As part of his three-day visit to...
Global Europe 04-05-2022

Germany backs Sweden and Finland’s potential NATO membership bids

Germany will back the NATO membership bids of Sweden and Finland if they apply, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Tuesday, following a rare meeting in Berlin with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and her Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin. The German government...

MEP: Finland’s mistrust towards Russia is increasing

In an interview with EURACTIV, Finnish Green MEP Alviina Alametsä said that a majority in parliament and the public in her country are now in favour of NATO membership, for which it hopes to have “some signals and symbols of support during a possible membership application”.

Eyeing Russia, Finland and Sweden edge closer to a NATO future

Finland and Sweden are edging closer to joining NATO. Helsinki is expected to produce a report on the country's security policy this Thursday (13 April), which could present a key step toward its application.
Politics 10-03-2022

Swedish government to spend 2% of GDP on defence

Sweden will invest heavily in defence in a historic move that will bring military spending in line with NATO's goal of 2% of the GDP, according to an announcement by the government on Thursday (10 March).
Global Europe 25-02-2022

‘Nord Stream 2 is dead forever’, EU energy experts say

During an online conference on the Nord Stream 2 gas project organised by EURACTIV Bulgaria on Thursday (24 February), a panel of experts shared their views on the ongoing situation in Ukraine, the need for energy security and the array of sanctions that befits the intensity of the crisis unfolding.