Italian PM Meloni in Stockholm to discuss migration with Swedish PM

Giorgia Meloni, Italy's Prime Minister, is visiting Stockholm on Friday to meet Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and discuss EU issues, including migration.

Italian PM Meloni in Stockholm to discuss migration with Swedish PM
Italian PM Giorgia Meloni at a press conference in Rome. Photo: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

Meloni, leader of the right-wing populist Brothers of Italy party, is the second government leader to visit Kristersson after Finland’s Sanna Marin, who was in Stockholm earlier this week.

The two leaders will discuss migration, as well as how the EU should respond to the American Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which could pull investment and jobs from the EU to the US.

“There is a strong Swedish interest in better protection of the European border,” Kristersson told TT newswire.

The migration issue has been described as “acute”, with the EU scheduling an extra summit meeting in a week’s time to discuss both migration and the IRA.

When asked if Sweden and Italy have the same views on how to tackle migration, Kristersson replied that that “remains to be seen”.

“We have this summit in a week, initiated by Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria, who have seen extremely large numbers of refugees over a very short period,” he added.

Kristersson further said that the topic of conversation with Meloni will be how the EU’s outer borders could be made more difficult for migrants to cross.

“One of the points of discussion today is how we can strengthen the external border of the EU so that irregular migration, as it’s known, simply cannot enter the EU, and stopping it at the border instead.”

“There are many people who lack grounds for asylum who try to enter [the EU], and Italy is well aware of this,” Kristersson said.

He added that the current situation “is not working”, and that there are “a lot of people” who come to Europe without grounds for asylum, who then “enter and live in a shadow society, also in Sweden”.

No press conferences or photo opportunities are planned during Meloni’s visit, the Swedish cabinet committee told TT.

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Heavy snowfall warning issued for Stockholm and Uppsala

Central Sweden, including Stockholm, has been placed under a yellow weather warning for heavy snowfall which is expected to cause issues on the roads and on public transport. Here are the details.

Heavy snowfall warning issued for Stockholm and Uppsala

SMHI, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, has issued a yellow weather warning for some regions in central and northern Sweden on Monday.

Snow is expected to move towards Stockholm during the day, with northern Värmland and parts of Dalarna also affected.

The area under the yellow warning on Monday includes Stockholm, Södertälje, Uppsala, Västerås, Eskilstuna, Örebro, Karlstad and Falun.

A yellow warning is the least serious on SMHI’s scale, but it could still cause power outages or traffic disruptions, such as blocked roads, delayed or cancelled public transport, or just slow-moving traffic due to, for example, slippery roads.

“Weather that may affect society, present certain risks to the public and certain damage to property and the environment. Disruptions to some public functions are to be expected,” SMHI’s definition of a yellow weather warning reads.

On Monday, SMHI warns that there is a possibility of icy conditions, slush, bad visibility, whiteouts and snowdrifts, and that accessibility could be difficult in open areas especially, where snow may not yet have been ploughed. 

It also warns that there could be delays and cancellations on buses, trains and flights in affected regions, as well as a danger of power cuts in areas with overhead lines if the temperature drops close to zero.

The warning is expected to last until 8.00pm on Monday for Stockholm, Södertälje and Uppsala, and until 11.00pm on Monday in other affected areas.

Another yellow warning has also been issued for coastal regions of Västernorrland and southern Västerbotten, stretching just north of Sundsvall to Umeå, between 4.00pm on Monday until 2.00am on Tuesday.