Week 39: Debate on research money after the outbreak of African swine fever

Researchers are critical of the government's cuts in research aid, and during the past week, Sweden's minister of aid and foreign trade, Johan Forssell (M), responded to the criticism. "The prioritization takes place in the light of a greatly deteriorated external situation," he writes. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Governingskansliet.

Of: Elin Prestgaard and Ina Carlsson

The Swedish government has recently presented the city budget for 2024. Aid is facing major changes with an increased focus on Ukraine and trade, while including the support for researchsbistand is decreasing – which has provoked reactions from academia.

October 2, 2023, Current debate

Week 38: Debaters critical of the government's budget: "The climate gets a blow"

During the past week, several debaters have criticized the government's budget and its impact on the climate. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Governingskansliet.

Of: Edvin Borg and Ida Bøje

During the past week, Sweden's government has presented its budget bill - which arouses both concern and anger in the environmental and climate debate. Several debaters believe that the government's reduced petrol tax and reduced climate measures will be a dangerous course change that threatens the fulfillment of the climate goals.

September 25, 2023, Current debate

Week 37: Debaters want to put more pressure on the Iranian regime

It has been a year since Mahsa Jina Amini was murdered by the moral police in Iran. The murder was the starting point for furious protests against the mullahs' regime. On the anniversary of the murder, several Swedish debaters question whether Sweden and the EU have really put enough pressure on Iran. Pictured: A demonstration in Melbourne, Australia, in solidarity with the women of Iran a week after the assassination in 2022. Photo: Mark Hkrac. Source: Flickr.

Of: Agnes Durbeej-Hjalt

Last week was the anniversary of the murder mahsa Name Believe in Iran. At the same time, the Swedish EU official Johan Floderus has been imprisoned for over 500 days. Several debaters are now demanding that Sweden and the EU pursue a stricter policy towards Iran.

September 18, 2023, Current debate

Week 18: Several debaters skeptical of Åkesson's criticism of the EU

Jimmie Åkesson (SD) wants to evaluate Sweden's EU membership, which has provoked reactions among debaters on Swedish opinion pages during the past week. Photo: bobsled/Per Pettersson. Source: Flickr.

Of: Cecilia Bergh and Ellinor Berglund

On Tuesday, Aftonbladet published a debate article in which Jimmie Åkesson (SD) writes that there are great reasons to evaluate Sweden's membership in the EU. Since then, this topic has come to dominate debate and editorial pages in several of the media.  

May 8, 2023, Current debate

Week 17: Russia back in the heat? NO!

At the beginning of April, Russia took over the presidency of the UN Security Council, which has been debated during the week. Picture shows Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, holding the chairman's baton. Photo: UN Geneva. Source: Flickr/Pxlfuel.

Of: Agnes Durbeej-Hjalt and Nora Nattorp

Russia recently took over the presidency of the UN Security Council, and the country continues to seek new ways back into the international political arena, which has been debated on Swedish debate and editorial pages during the past week. Even 11-year-olds Murhaf Hamid's sale of Majblommor has been discussed in connection with Sweden's migration policy.  

May 2, 2023, Current debate

Week 16: Debaters in appeal against international surrogate trade

Several debaters demand that Sweden immediately introduce a ban on international surrogate arrangements. Photo: Tumisu. Source: Pixabay.

Of: Ellen Norman

About 30 debaters wants to ban international surrogacy arrangements. They believe that Swedish citizens take advantage of vulnerable women in poor countries. Russia's invasion of Ukraine has also been discussed during the past week - and Aftonbladet's editorial writer mean to the West should do more to support Ukraine.

April 24, 2023, Current debate

Week 15: Debaters disagree on the risks of AI development

The entrepreneur and Tesla founder Elon Musk, among others, has discussed a pause for the development of artificial intelligence - a discussion that Swedish debaters have also engaged in during the past week. Photo: Ted Conference. Source: Flickr.

Of: Ida Eriksson Vanemo

The technological development around artificial intelligence, AI, is moving forward at a furious pace – something that debaters regard as both positive and negative for global development. The climate issue and whether Sweden can achieve the climate goals have also been discussed during the past week.

April 17, 2023, Current debate

Week 14: Continued lively debate about Swedish climate policy

During the past week, the debate about Swedish climate policy has continued to occupy a large place among the debate and leader pages. Criticism has been directed at the government, the opposition, authorities and editorial boards. Photo: Unsplash.

Of: Cecilia Bergh and Ellinor Berglund

Climate policy has, as in previous weeks, continued to influence the Swedish opinion pages as well under the material moisture meter shows you the walked weekn. Among other things, the government has been allowed to continue harsh criticism from the opposition for not doing enough to reduce climate-damaging emissions. Also Dagens Nyheter's editorial staff, the Public Health Agency and the opposition have been criticized by this week's editorial writers and debaters.  

April 11, 2023, Current debate

Week 13: After critical climate report - debaters discuss Sweden's climate policy

Climate and Environment Minister Romina Pourmokthari (L) last week received the Climate Policy Council's report - which disapproves of the government's climate policy and states that it is not sufficient for Sweden to reach the climate goals by 2030. The report has created major discussions on Swedish opinion pages. Photo: Hamid Ershad Sarabi/Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Agnes Durbeej-Hjalt

On Wednesday last week, the climate and environment minister took Romina Pourmokhtari (L) against the Climate Policy Council's annual report for 2022. The report states that Sweden has lost control of climate policy. It has characterized the Swedish debate and editorial pages during the past week, where criticism has been directed at both the current and previous government.  

April 3, 2023, Current debate

Week 12: "Greta Thunberg and the other activists have a point"

Recently, the IPCC's new climate report was published, which shows the great need for rapid measures against climate change. That, and the environmental organization Aurora's lawsuit against the state, are two topics that have been debated over the past week. Photo: Anders Hellberg. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Of: Nora Nattorp

The UN's climate panel has released a new climate report and the Nacka district court has issued a summons against the state after the environmental organization Aurora sued the state for a lack of environmental policy in November. There are two topics that have been discussed on Swedish opinion pages during the past week. Several debaters have also discussed the role of researchers in climate activism.  

March 28, 2023, Current debate