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'We knew that Israel would be critical'
Foreign Minister Margot Wallström (left), with Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Photo: TT

'We knew that Israel would be critical'

Sweden's Foreign Minister has told The Local she respects Israel's decision to recall its ambassador after Sweden officially recognized the State of Palestine, and laughed off comments about IKEA furniture made by her Israeli counterpart. READ  

National
High-flying Green caught with magic mushrooms
The mushrooms in this picture were not the ones ordered by the Green Party politician. Photo: Shutterstock

High-flying Green caught with magic mushrooms

Sweden's Green Party employed a top political civil servant after the September elections despite knowing he had imported magic mushrooms from the Netherlands. READ  

Finance
Swedish banks pass ECB financial health test
Handelsbanken head office in Stockholm. Photo: TT

Swedish banks pass ECB financial health test

All the major Swedish banks meet the criteria to pass the ECB financial health check, a test which was failed by nearly one in five European banks according to a report published on Sunday. READ  

Politics
Sweden to get EU 'Christmas present'
Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at an EU summit in Brussels this week. Photo: TT

Sweden to get EU 'Christmas present'

Sweden is set to get 1.2 billion kronor ($168 million) back from the EU on December 1st, according to leaked EU documents which suggest that other European countries will have to make large top-up payments this year. READ  

New coalition
New coalition reveals 'compromise' budget
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Green Party leader Åsa Romson. Photo: TT

New coalition reveals 'compromise' budget

UPDATED: Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's Social Democrat-led coalition has revealed its first budget proposal, listing plans to spend more than 20 billion kronor. READ  

Analysis
Sweden Democrat threats 'just a show'
Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson. Photo: TT

Sweden Democrat threats 'just a show'

There is talk that the nationalist Sweden Democrats could trigger a fresh election, by rejecting the new coalition's budget. But leading Political Scientist Li Bennich Björkman tells The Local that the party is just game-playing and should be focusing on getting its fatigued leader back. READ  

European Union
Extremist saves Sweden Democrats' EU group
Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson. Photo: TT

Extremist saves Sweden Democrats' EU group

The EU group that bound several Eurosceptic parties including the Sweden Democrats has been saved by an MEP from a far-right Polish group, just a week after it appeared to have crumbled, according to a UK press report. READ  

Sweden Democrat leader fatigued
Jimmie Åkesson on sick leave for exhaustion
Jimmie Åkesson, the leader of the nationalist Sweden Democrats. Photo: TT

Jimmie Åkesson on sick leave for exhaustion

UPDATED: Jimmie Åkesson, the leader of the nationalist Sweden Democrat party, has taken sick leave for exhaustion. Mattias Karlsson will take the reins in his absence. READ  

Politics
Filippa Reinfeldt to leave politics
The 47-year-old politician is set to leave politics. Photo: TT

Filippa Reinfeldt to leave politics

The ex-wife of Sweden's former Prime Minister will be leaving politics after being voted out of her position as Stockholm County finance councillor. READ  

Ebola crisis
Obama calls Löfven to discuss Ebola outbreak
President Barack Obama speaks during a phone call about Ebola, Wednesday, October 8th, in the Oval Office of the White House. File photo: AP/Jacquelyn Martin

Obama calls Löfven to discuss Ebola outbreak

US President Barack Obama phoned Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on Thursday to discuss ways to combat the ongoing Ebola epidemic. READ  

New coalition
Muslim minister accused of 'hidden agenda'
Sweden's Housing Minister Mehmet Kaplan. Photo: TT

Muslim minister accused of 'hidden agenda'

A former Swedish MP has slammed Sweden's new Housing Minister Mehmet Kaplan, saying that the Muslim politician has a hidden agenda. READ  

International
Xenophobia drops in Europe: Swedish study
Jimmie Åkesson, the leader of the nationalist Sweden Democrats. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Xenophobia drops in Europe: Swedish study

A new Swedish study has found that xenophobia is decreasing around Europe, despite a rise in support for anti-immigrant political parties. READ  

Politics
Explosive new memoir exposes Juholt exit
Håkan Juholt resigns in January 2012. Photo: TT

Explosive new memoir exposes Juholt exit

The circumstances surrounding the turbulent departure of Håkan Juholt as leader of Sweden's Social Democrats in 2012 have been exposed in a new tell-all memoir by his former speech-writer and adviser. READ  

Politics
Reinfeldt says goodbye in last debate
Fredrik Reinfeldt with his gifts from other party leaders. Photo: TT

Reinfeldt says goodbye in last debate

Sweden's outgoing Prime Minister and Moderate Party leader Fredrik Reinfeldt took part in his last debate on Wednesday as Stefan Löfven made his parliamentary debut. READ  

International
Sweden boosts Ebola fight funds
Photo: TT

Sweden boosts Ebola fight funds

Sweden has announced that it is boosting funds to be used in the fight against the spread of Ebola with most of the aid channelled through the UN and NGOs. READ  

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