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FUF-correspondents, Report

Thousands protest that right-wing populist party may win the election in Austria

On the streets of Austria, there are demonstrations against right-wing extremism and the scandal-ridden EU-critical party Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (FPÖ). With 30 percent of voter support, according to opinion polls, the FPÖ is the largest party ahead of the country's upcoming parliamentary elections. If the FPÖ comes to power, it could mean major changes for Austria, the EU and European aid to Ukraine - which the party wants to stop.

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8th April 2024

Current debate

Week 13: Criticism from several quarters against cuts in Swedish aid

The government's restructuring of Swedish aid and Sida's announcement that the authority will terminate the agreements with several organizations have major consequences, according to several debaters. They point out that this affects, among other things, human rights defenders and organizations that fight for international law in Israel and Palestine.

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2th April 2024

Current debate

Week 12: Debate on the government's climate policy and the aviation tax

On March 21, the Climate Policy Council submitted its annual assessment of the government's climate policy. The report has sparked a reaction and several debaters have during the past week discussed climate policy in both Sweden and Europe.

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March 25, 2024

FUF-correspondents, Report

Professor on sending asylum seekers to Rwanda: "Act of desperation"

Despite setbacks in the Supreme Court and criticism from civil society, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak continues to push the bill to forcibly transfer asylum seekers to Rwanda.
- This is the most extreme measure to outsource the migration system. It is the global North that cleans itself at the expense of refugees, says Phil Clark, professor of international politics at SOAS University of London.

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March 25, 2024

Report

Culture is threatened when slum areas in India are rebuilt

One of the world's largest slums in Bombay is to be upgraded in a new real estate project. The goal is for the area to become both cleaner and safer. But local residents are worried that their culture will be neglected and that they will be forced to leave their homes. 

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March 22, 2024

Current debate

Week 11: Debaters call on Israel to take responsibility for famine in Gaza

The people in Gaza are starving and Israel must take responsibility for it, write several debaters. Greta Thunberg's climate demonstration outside the Riksdag has also been the subject of debate during the past week.

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March 18, 2024

Development magazine explains

International court decision against Israel: "Has been ignored"

Earlier this year, South Africa accused Israel of genocide in the UN's highest court, the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The court has decided that Israel must do everything in its power to protect the Palestinian population. But the ICJ relies on the willingness of states to comply with decisions, and many civil society organizations believe that Israel has not lived up to this.

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March 18, 2024

Interview

EU vote on sustainability law: "Changes the image of Sweden as a leading country"

Sweden recently announced that it will vote against the EU bill that will increase companies' responsibility for human rights and the environment, despite the fact that the bill has strong support from both civil society and companies. The bill has now been revised and a vote will take place on Friday. 
- What Sweden does, other countries listen to, says Julia Carlzon, communicator at Oxfam, about the upcoming vote.

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March 14, 2024

Current debate

Week 10: Debaters welcome Sweden's NATO entry

On March 7, 2024, Sweden became a full member of NATO, two years after the application process began following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. NATO entry has dominated the debate and editorial pages for the past week, with a clear majority welcoming membership of the military alliance.

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March 11, 2024

Debate

Inequality in the world leads to hunger and malnutrition

Gender discrimination continues to be a contributing factor to hunger and malnutrition in the world. Everyone must work for more equal societies to end hunger, and men in particular must realize that their commitment is essential to achieving equality. This is written by Elodie Iko, Grace Mgabadere Chikowi and Malin Flemström from The Hunger Project.

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March 8, 2024

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