New Foreign Minister Ann Linde. Photo: World Trade Organization (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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High hopes for the new Foreign Minister

In just over a week, Sweden has received a new foreign minister, a new government declaration and a new budget. This has, of course, caused debate in the Swedish media. Several organizations are hoping for more feminism in foreign policy. The Liberals want to see rapid support for activists in Hong Kong.

"No task will be more important than continuing Sweden's courageous and unique feminist foreign policy with full force ", writes 17 organizations in a debate article in Aftonbladet. They hope that the new Foreign Minister Ann Linde can take feminism to a new level, among other things by daring to take on the tough discussions at home.

"This includes working for a halt to Swedish arms exports to warring parties, which are currently affecting millions of women and children in Yemen," the 17 organizations write.

But Claes Arvidsson, editorial writer at Svenska Dagbladet, does not agree. He thinks that Ann Linde should release former Foreign Minister Margot Wallström's policy with a focus on the UN and peace. Instead, she should follow the line of the Defense Committee and Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist on security issues, says Claes Arvidsson.

"Wallström's focus has led to the unsustainable situation that Sweden has had two security policy lines and that it has thus been unclear which line it is," he writes, hoping that Ann Linde will take a different path.

The Liberals Johan Pehrson, Fredrik Malm and Joar Forssell write in a debate article in Svenska Dagbladet that Ann Linde's first focus should be to show solidarity with the people of Hong Kong. They demand, among other things, strengthened democracy assistance and a condemnation of China's involvement in Hong Kong.

"We must support the millions of people in Hong Kong who believe in democracy," the three Liberals wrote.

Otherwise have last week's hot debate if a reduction in Swedish development assistance continues. In addition, the author Lars-Gunnar Liljestrand demands an investigation into Sweden's participation in extrajudicial killings in Afghanistan and Libya.  

New Foreign Minister Ann Linde

Take feminism to the next level, Linde
Lotta Sjöström Becker et al., Aftonbladet

L: New minister should show solidarity with Hong Kong
Johan Pehrson et al., Svenska Dagbladet

Will it be more of the same with Linde?
Claes Arvidsson, Svenska Dagbladet

Ann Linde is more of an ideologue than you think
Anders Lindberg, Aftonbladet

Swedish crimes in Afghanistan and Libya

Investigate Sweden's participation in extrajudicial killings
Lars-Gunnar Liljestrand, Gothenburg Post

The one percent target in Swedish development assistance 

"Moderates' arguments do not hold"
Erik Lysén et al., Svenska Dagbladet

To reduce aid is to reduce the ambitions for a better world
Janine Alm Ericson, Today's ETC

The Swedish children in Syria 

Now the Swedish children must get help home
The editorial staff, Dagens Nyheter

EU policy

"Europeans believe they are living in a dangerous world. They don't just want fluffy commitments. ”
Susi Dennison, South Sweden

Democracy assistance

Forum Syd: This is how Sida should strengthen its work on democracy
Anna Stenvinkel, OmVärlden


Well, the climate crisis is certainly your fault
Mats Leijon, Aftonbladet

Politicians should argue about palm oil, not about taxes
The editorial staff, Expressen

Socialism for the sake of the climate
Daniel Swedin, Aftonbladet

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