About: Stefan Lofven

Elections 03-09-2018

Sweden’s Löfven struggles to keep one of EU’s last centre-left governments in power

Sweden's Social Democratic Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has probably never stood so alone: roasted by the right for leaving the door wide open to asylum-seekers and lambasted by the left for later slamming it shut.
Elections 29-08-2018

Social Democrats promise Swedes extra holiday as election nears

Sweden's ruling Social Democrats launched their election manifesto on Tuesday (28 August) promising an extra week of holiday for parents as the party seeks to avoid its worst showing ever in a national vote.
Global Europe 07-03-2018

Trump claims EU has made it ‘almost impossible’ for US firms

President Donald Trump lashed out at European Union trade rules yesterday (6 March), saying the bloc has made life near "impossible" for US firms, and threatening to ramp up tariffs on imports into the US.
Politics 17-11-2017

‘Let’s do our work’ on social policy, Juncker tells member states

Europe’s credibility hinges on national leaders agreeing social legislation that applies across the bloc, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday (17 November) at a summit with leaders from EU countries in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Brexit 17-11-2017

Tusk to demand ‘more work’ from May to secure Brexit deal

European Council President Donald Tusk will warn British Prime Minister Theresa May at a summit in Sweden on Friday (17 November) that "more work" is needed to reach a Brexit deal in December, according to sources.
Stefan Lofven
Elections 26-07-2017

Political crisis grips Sweden as confidence vote looms

A political crisis gripped Sweden on Wednesday (26 July) after opposition parties called for a no confidence vote they would almost certainly win over a botched outsourcing deal in which sensitive material was transmitted abroad.
Economy & Jobs 10-03-2017

Sweden pushes gender equality onto Rome agenda

As EU leaders parsed through divisive issues like migration and European integration in discussions on the future of Europe today (10 March), Sweden's prime minister threw another controversial matter into the mix: employment policy.
Global Europe 13-04-2016

Sweden sees costs of migration crisis almost quadruple

The costs of the wave of asylum seekers arriving in Sweden due to the refugee crisis will be much greater than previously expected, forcing the government to earmark more money in the coming years.
Global Europe 22-03-2016

Europe vows to defend democracy on ‘black day’

European governments vowed today (22 March) to defend democracy against terrorism after blasts at Brussels airport and in the EU's institutional heart left at least 26 dead and dozens injured.
EU Council table

In-work benefits emerge as main stumbling block ahead of Brexit summit

Most of the Union’s members have reservations with regard to the possible limitations of in-work benefits for EU workers in the UK, contained in the proposals from Brussels to address David Cameron’s demands ahead of the Brexit referendum. The EURACTIV network reports.

Sweden to impose ID checks on travellers from Denmark

Sweden is set to drastically reduce the flow of refugees into the country by imposing strict identity checks on all travellers from Denmark, as Scandinavian countries compete with each other to shed their reputations as havens for asylum seekers.

Dutch Presidency to take over task of shaping EU’s border force

Unable to decide on establishing a “European Border and Coast Guard”, EU leaders on Thursday (18 December) tasked the incoming Dutch Presidency to move forward with the divisive issue.

Poll: Support swells for Sweden’s extreme right

Though the number of refugees arriving in Sweden has dropped by 60% since tougher asylum policies were adopted in November, the far-right Sweden Democrats are receiving unpecedented levels of support, according to a new poll.

Sweden ends open door policy for asylum seekers

Stockholm wants to dramatically decrease the influx of asylum seekers coming into the country. Sweden will observe minimum standards for asylum policies under EU law and international rules, the government announced on Tuesday (24 November).

Sweden checks trains for migrants at its border with Denmark

Swedish police started checking trains for migrants yesterday (12 November), imposing the first large-scale border controls in two decades, a move criticised by one opposition party as ending a tradition of openness and by others as being too little too late.
Stefan Lofven

Sweden to introduce temporary border controls

On Thursday (12 November), Sweden will set up border controls at the Øresund bridge, which connects Denmark and Sweden, and at ferries which arrive from Germany and Denmark.
Löfven

Poll: Swedish support for refugees falls

A growing number of Swedes want their country to take in fewer migrants, a poll showed on Monday (9 November) as Sweden struggles to manage an unprecedented influx of asylum seekers.
Stefan Lofven

Sweden to keep shelters for asylum seekers secret

The Swedish Migration Agency has decided to keep the locations of refugee housing facilities secret, following 21 being torched since March.
Stefan Löfven

Sweden’s new migrant restrictions will not be in place before 2016

New rules aimed at tightening Sweden's migration policies to discourage further asylum seekers from seeking to enter the country will not come into force until at least next year, and possibly 2017, according to the Ministry for Justice and Migration.
Löfven

Sweden expects 190,000 asylum seekers in 2015

The Swedish Migration Agency, Migrationsverket, announced on Thursday (22 October) that Sweden will likely receive 190,000 asylum seekers this year. This is more than double the previous estimate of 74,000 the agency issued last summer.
Stefan Löfven

Refugee crisis puts Sweden’s prime minister under pressure

A surge in the number of refugees arriving in Sweden over the past few years has led the conservative Moderates, the country's biggest opposition party, to toughen its stance on immigration.
Elections 18-12-2014

Swedish far-right party rewarded for bringing down government

The Sweden Democrats, the far-right party that chose to bring down the newly-elected Swedish government earlier in December, is surging in the latest polls.
Global Europe 04-12-2014

Sweden’s centre-left government collapses

Sweden's centre-left government collapsed, after it failed to gather enough support to pass its budget through the national parliament, on Wednesday night (3 December).
Staffan Herrström
Global Europe 23-10-2014

Sweden’s Ambassador to Poland: ‘On climate, I hope our children won’t blame us for inaction’

There is still hope for meaningful decisions to be made at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Swedish Ambassador Staffan Herrström told EURACTIV Poland in an exclusive interview.