Week 8: Debaters demand increased support for Ukraine

Last week, the war in Ukraine entered its third year. With that, debaters demanded, among other things, increased military support for Ukraine and tougher sanctions against Russia. Photo: President of Ukraine. Source: Flickr.

Of: The Chancellery

Last week it was two years since Russia began his full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which characterized the Swedish opinion pages. Several debaters believed that Sweden, the EU and the world must do more to end the war. 

February 26, 2024, Current debate

Week 7: Center parties demand financial penalties for climate criminals in the EU

During the past week, among other things, the future of the EU has been discussed on Swedish debate and editorial pages, due to the upcoming elections to the European Parliament this summer. Photo: European Parliament. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Of: Ida Nilsson and Adam Hansen

Ahead of the upcoming European Parliament elections, which fall in June this year, the debate about Sweden's role in the EU and the Union's future is increasing. The Center Party demands that the EU introduce financial penalties for countries that do not live up to the goals for climate change, while the Sweden Democrats advocate a restructuring of EU policy and strengthened decision-making at the national level. Even the Russian one opposition politician Alexey Navalny's death has been noticed in the debate during the past week. 

February 19, 2024, Current debate

Week 6: Artists call for Israel to be excluded from Eurovision

Over 1 artists - including Eric Saade, Robyn and Timbuktu - want to exclude Israel from Eurovision, citing the country's war in Gaza. But the artists' appeal has drawn criticism on, among other things, Dagens Nyheter's editorial page. Photo (left): WAfa/APAimages. Source: Wikimedia commons. Photo (right): AnnCatrin Blyckerts. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Of: Ina Carlsson and Fleur Riller Lendemar

As the European music competition Eurovision song contest approaches, voices around the world have been raised calling for Israel to be removed from the contest - due to the war in Gaza. In a debate article, over 1 artists call the television union EBU for double standards, and Israel's participation in Eurovision for a "trivialization" of violations of international law. Dagens Nyheter's editorial board, on the other hand, believes that it is not hypocritical at all to want to boycott Russia but let Israel into the music competition.

February 12, 2024, Current debate

Week 5: Debaters disagree on the withdrawn aid to UNRWA

Is it right or wrong for Sweden to stop humanitarian aid to UNRWA? This has been discussed by several debaters over the past week. Photo on the left: UNIS Vienna. Pictured: Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General UNRWA. Source: Flickr. Photo (right): Axel Öberg. Pictured: Sweden's Minister for Aid and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell (M). Source: Flickr.

Of: Benjamin Frisk and Fatima Shek Behi

During the past week, several countries, including Sweden and the Swedish aid agency Sida, stopped humanitarian aid to the UN aid organization for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA. The background is that 12 employees at UNRWA suspected of involvement in Hamas attack on Israel on October 7. But Swedish debaters have disagreed on whether it is right or wrong to withdraw support for UNRWA.  

February 5, 2024, Current debate

Week 4: Debater on the NATO process: "Turkey and Hungary seized the opportunity to blackmail Sweden"

Turkey has approved Sweden's NATO application, but Hungary wants to negotiate membership. This was one of the topics that characterized the debate on the opinion pages last week. Photo on the left: European Parliament. Source: Flickr. Photo on the right: Mikhail Klimentyev. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Edvin Borg and Rania Yassin

On January 23, Turkey's parliament approved Sweden's NATO application. This marked the Swedish ones the debate and leader pages under the past week, and several debaters reasoned, among other things, about whether the membership has been discussed sufficiently or not. Even Richard Jomshof's (SD) statement to ban Muslim symbols raisede reactions during the week.  

January 29, 2024, Current debate

Week 50: Historic climate agreement at COP28 - but several debaters are critical

After a protracted negotiation at the UN climate conference in Dubai, the countries of the world were finally able to agree on an agreement on a transition from fossil fuels. But this past week's debaters disagree on whether the agreement is actually sufficient. Photo: UNclimatechange. Source: Flickr.

Of: Mona Adam Abdi

The climate debate continues. Last week ended the negotiations at the UN climate meeting COP28 in Dubai, and the world has nu a new climate agreement. Many are satisfied with the agreement and believe that it is a historic step in the right direction. Aothers think that it inte is sufficient. 

December 18, 2023, Current debate

Week 49: "The future doesn't have to be like Planet of the Apes"

Climate change and the COP28 climate meeting in Dubai have characterized the past week's debate. Photo: Roschetzkylstockphoto. Source: Getty Images/Canva.

Of: Ina Carlsson

During da past week has the other one the week of the UN climate summit COP28 got off the ground. Done has been mirrored on Swedish opinionssidor, where, among other things, trading in emissions rights and demands for increasing use of biofuel in the aviation industry have been debated. Also behovet of a transfer of responsibility from the individual and the individual consumer to system level has is lifted. 

December 11, 2023, Current debate

Week 48: Debate around countries' responsibility for the climate: "Hypocrites do not save the planet"

The UN climate meeting COP28 in Dubai has, among other things, sparked debate about the responsibilities of rich and poor countries in the climate crisis. Photo: Dean Calma/IAEA. Source Flickr.

Of: Benjamin Frisk and Elin Prestgaard

UN: s annual climate summit COP28 ongoing right now i Dubai i United athe rab emirate. As The development magazine previously reported on has valet av spot awakened criticism then the host country is en oil nation. On svenska opinion pages has debaters including discussed whicha roller Rika and poor countries should have for to combat climate change 

December 4, 2023, Current debate

Week 47: Black Friday creates divided opinion among debaters

Black Friday has led to debate about both greenhouse gas emissions and the importance of shopping for freedom and democracy. Photo: CC0/. Source: Rawpixel.

Of: Edwin Borg

During the past week, several debaters have raised criticism against Black Friday. Opinions have differed: some criticize consumerism as contributing to both climate change and poor working conditions, while others see it as a class issue. Some also see consumption as something worth celebrating.

November 27, 2023, Current debate

Week 46: Chalmers banned political demonstrations - created storm of criticism

On November 14, Chalmers University of Technology made a decision to ban political demonstrations and posters on campus, which was discussed in debates and editorials during the past week. Photo: Blondinrikard Fröberg/Flickr.

Of: Mona Adam Abdi and Ellinor Berglund

Striderna continues in Israel and Palestine, and last week Chalmers University of Technology banned students and employees from participating in political demonstrations - which was met with widespread criticism. At the same time Swedish university students and employees have demanded that the government and universities ska boycott Israel by ending research and exchange collaborations.  

November 20, 2023, Current debate