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Why can't refugees travel to Sweden legally?
Migrants rescued in the Pozzallo harbour, Sicily last month. Photo: TT

Why can't refugees travel to Sweden legally?

Refugees should not be forced to make dangerous journeys to Europe in order to seek asylum, argues Liberal Party MEP Cecilia Wikström, who also wants to see other EU states joining Sweden and Germany in taking in more people from war-torn nations. READ  

'Sweden is not any closer to joining Danes in Nato'
Sweden's Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

'Sweden is not any closer to joining Danes in Nato'

Sweden’s new military co-operation agreement with Denmark should not be seen as a step closer to Nato membership, Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist has told The Local. READ  

Christian Democrat party leadership race heats up
Chairwoman Chatrine Pålsson Ahlgren with Jakob Forssmed, left, and Ebba Busch Thor, right, at a press conference. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

Christian Democrat party leadership race heats up

The leadership battle in Sweden’s right-wing Christian Democrat Party is heating up. On Monday the contest was narrowed down to two candidates, Ebba Busch Thor and Jakob Forssmed. READ  

Sweden calls Nemtsov killing 'an execution'
The body of Boris Nemtsov on a bridge near the Kremlin. Photo: Pavel Golovkin/AP

Sweden calls Nemtsov killing 'an execution'

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström has described the killing of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov of further evidence of "Putin's reign of terror with regards to security, human rights and democracy". READ  

Sweden raps 'brutal' Assyrian abductions
Assyrians citizens during a sit-in for abducted Christians in Beirut, Lebanon on Thursday. Photo: TT

Sweden raps 'brutal' Assyrian abductions

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström has slammed the abduction of Christians in Syria earlier this week and pledged to keep supporting communities affected by the ongoing fighting in the Middle East. READ  

Sweden and Germany share asylum concerns
Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: TT

Sweden and Germany share asylum concerns

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven met Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday to hold talks on migration and integration concerns shared by the two countries, which currently take in more asylum seekers from Syria than the rest of the EU combined. READ  

Claims Swedish PM will not end Saudi arms deal
Swedish PM Stefan Löfven has come under attack. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

Claims Swedish PM will not end Saudi arms deal

Swedish ministers have agreed not to end a controversial military arms deal with Saudi Arabia, according to newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, which claims the reason is that Sweden does not want to risk a place on the UN Security Council. READ  

Former Prime Minister now dating press officer
Roberta Alenius (left) pictured with Fredrik Reinfeldt in 2009. Photo: TT

Former Prime Minister now dating press officer

Fredrik Reinfeldt is in a relationship with his former press officer Roberta Alenius. The ex-Prime Minister confirmed the news via a text message from a ski trip with his new lover. READ  

Swedish PM under fire over Saudi arms deal
Stefan Löfven at a party conference last year. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Swedish PM under fire over Saudi arms deal

The Swedish government was on Friday coming under increased pressure over a military arms deal with Saudi Arabia, as three Social Democrat MPs called for Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to end the agreement. READ  

Sweden 'behind' in passenger data sharing
Passengers at Stockholm's Arlanda airport following a 2009 bomb scare. Photo: TT

Sweden 'behind' in passenger data sharing

Sweden is in the spotlight for failing to introduce a digital database to help airlines share passenger lists with police, despite EU regulations dating back to 2004, which call for the automatic transfer of customer information. READ  

Swedish Isis fighters to have passports taken
A Kurdish fighter firing towards the positions of Isis fighters near Sinjar in January. Photo:TT

Swedish Isis fighters to have passports taken

A new law to allow Swedish authorities to confiscate the passports of Swedes who are known to have fought alongside extremists in Syria or Iraq is being drafted by the government. READ  

Copenhagen shootings
Machine guns to help protect synagogues
A police officer stands outside a Jewish meeting place in Malmö. Photo: Daniel Kihlström/TT

Machine guns to help protect synagogues

Police officers guarding Jewish buildings in Sweden should carry automatic rifles, according to new directives issued after two deadly shootings in Copenhagen over the weekend. READ  

Copenhagen shootings
Denmark knew gunman 'at risk of radicalization'
Danish children gather on Tuesday morning at the scene of the first Copenhagen shooting. Photo: TT

Denmark knew gunman 'at risk of radicalization'

The gunman presumed to be behind the attack on an event attended by Swedish artist Lars Vilks and a synagogue in Copenhagen was known to the Danish Security and Intelligence Service as someone who may have been radicalized while in jail, it has emerged. READ  

Europop love for former Finance Minister Borg
Dominika Peczynski performing with Army of Lovers in 2014. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

Europop love for former Finance Minister Borg

Anders Borg, Sweden’s Finance Minister in the previous centre-right government, is divorcing his wife after getting together with a former star of cheesy 1990s band Army of Lovers, Dominika Peczynski. READ  

Health Minister backs more needle exchanges
A needle exchange centre in Malmö. Photo: TT

Health Minister backs more needle exchanges

Sweden’s Health Minister has backed growing calls for more state-funded needle exchanges for drug addicts. READ  

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