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Economy & Jobs 11-01-2022

State of play in eurozone enlargement

The euro has existed for over 20 years, but many EU member states still have not joined the eurozone. While Bulgaria and Croatia could soon, other member states remain hesitant, mainly for economic and political reasons.
07-01-2022

Swedish defence strategy in tatters if Russian demands met – military chief

Sweden's security strategy would be entirely undermined if NATO agreed to refrain from expanding further and curb some of its activity in Europe, as Russia has demanded, Sweden's top military commander told daily Dagens Nyheter.
Coronavirus 05-01-2022

Swedish king and queen have COVID-19 amid surge in cases

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia have tested positive for COVID-19, the palace said in a statement on Tuesday (4 January), amid rising infections in the Nordic nation driven by the new Omicron variant of the virus.

2022: France’s strategic role in advancing Europe’s climate ambitions

France, set to take over the rotating EU Council presidency for the first half of 2022, will have a strategic role to play in advancing the bloc's climate ambitions in 2022. But with the presidential elections coming up in April, the cards could be reshuffled along the way. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 02-12-2021

US, Russian foreign ministers to meet as Ukraine tensions soar

The chief diplomats of the US and Russia are to meet in Sweden on Thursday (2 December) as tensions soar after Washington expressed concern about Russia's military buildup near Ukraine and warned of "high-impact" sanctions.
Economy & Jobs 24-11-2021

Living wages hang in the balance as MEPs try to derail Directive

The European Parliament is set to adopt a text that would be a huge step towards delivering a living wage to millions across the EU – but the directive’s future is now in question as a group of Nordic MEPs try to stop it in its tracks, writes Alva Finn.
Elections 24-11-2021

Social Democrat leader Magdalena Andersson looks set to be new Swedish PM

Social Democrat party leader Magdalena Andersson looks set to become Sweden's first female prime minister after the government and the Left Party reached a deal that will see the former communists back her in a confirmation vote in parliament.
Arctic Agenda 17-10-2021

We don’t want to see any flash points in the Arctic, EU envoy says

The EU needs to adapt how it approaches the role of China and Russia in the region, Michael Mann, EU's Special Envoy for Arctic Matters, told EURACTIV.
Non-discrimination 01-10-2021

Racial Discrimination and Equality Bodies in Sweden

EURACTIV asked citizens in Malmö what they think of racial discrimination and of their experiences with their national equality body, the Diskrimineringsombudsmannen.
Climate change 20-09-2021

Forest policy splits Nordic lawmakers in the European Parliament

Leading lawmakers from the Socialist and the Greens group in the European Parliament held contrasting views on forest policy during a EURACTIV event earlier this month.
Global Europe 12-08-2021

Nordic countries to offer asylum for Afghan staff as France suspends expulsions of migrants

Roughly 45 Afghans employed by Denmark in the conflict-hit country will be offered temporary asylum as international troops withdraw, with other Nordic countries set to follow suit.
Elections 08-07-2021

Sweden’s Löfven re-elected PM in narrow parliament vote

Swedish Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven was re-elected as prime minister by parliament on Wednesday (7 July), ending weeks of political turmoil since his resignation last month.
Elections 06-07-2021

Swedish Social Democrat Löfven is asked to return as PM

Social Democrat Stefan Löfven will try to win a new term as Sweden's prime minister in a parliamentary vote on Wednesday (6 July) after the assembly's speaker asked him to return to the post he quit last month.
Global Europe 03-05-2021

Sweden summons Russian ambassador over sanctions

Sweden summoned Russia's ambassador to Stockholm on Saturday (1 May), denouncing Moscow for sanctioning European Union officials including a Swedish researcher in an escalating row between Russia and the West.
Economy & Jobs 29-04-2021

How innovative EU-funded projects prepared us for lockdown challenges

Often described as cumbersome and hard to access, European regional funds, which are designed to decrease disparities between Europe’s regions, are actually at the forefront of funding innovative projects, often able to financially support ideas from which the traditional markets...
Arctic Agenda 07-04-2021

Nordic countries set up Sámi reconciliation commissions to investigate indigenous injustices

Colonial era policies in northern Scandinavia continue to affect Sámi life, culture and land use. Meanwhile, truth commissions are being set up and aim to investigate injustices against Indigenous people carried out by the states. There are an estimated 100,000...

EU court rules out unjustified use of dangerous chemicals in paint

The EU illegally allowed dangerous lead substances to be sold in paints despite safer options being available, the European Court of Justice said in a ruling on Thursday (25 February).

Six EU countries warned over border restrictions

The European Commission said Tuesday (23 February) it has formally warned six EU countries that their virus-related border curbs could undermine free movement within the bloc.
Non-discrimination 19-02-2021

EU urges five countries to codify anti-racism law

The European Commission on Thursday (18 February) told five EU countries -- Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Poland and Sweden -- to quickly put a 2008 EU law against racism into their statutes.
Health 26-01-2021

Sweden pauses vaccine payments after Pfizer starts charging for sixth dose

Sweden's Health Agency has paused COVID-19 vaccine payments to Pfizer and is seeking clarification over the number of doses available in each vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter reported on Tuesday (26 January).
Brexit 21-01-2021

Norway’s block on EU fishing vessels keeps Danish boats in port

Norway is withholding permits for British and most EU fishing vessels to catch fish in its North Sea waters while post-Brexit talks between Norway, the EU and Britain are ongoing, leaving many Danish fishing vessels moored idly in ports.
EU-China 05-01-2021

Ericsson worried about Chinese retaliation after Huawei ban

The head of Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson, Bjorn Ekholm, is worried about Chinese reprisals after Sweden banned Huawei from taking part in the rollout of 5G networks, he said Monday (4 January).
Huawei is willing to meet any requirement the Swedish government may set on 5G network equipment and take other measures to mitigate concerns, a senior executive said, after a ban in the country delayed spectrum auctions.
5G 08-12-2020

Seeking end to 5G ban, Huawei says ready to accept terms Sweden may set

Huawei is willing to meet any requirement the Swedish government may set on 5G network equipment and take other measures to mitigate concerns, a senior executive said, after a ban in the country delayed spectrum auctions.
Non-discrimination 23-11-2020

France’s ‘feminist diplomacy’: lots of talk, little action

The term 'feminist diplomacy' used by France since 2018 remains unclear, according to a report by the country's High Council on Gender Equality presented to the government on 18 November. EURACTIV France reports.