EU invests billions in developing countries - seen as a challenger to China

The EU is investing billions in infrastructure investments in developing countries. The initiative is seen by many as a challenger to China's project "New Silk Road" - also known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Pictured: one of the terminals of a high-profile BRI-funded railway project in Laos, which was inaugurated two days after the launch of the EU initiative. Photo: Pakopakopapa. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Markus Hietanen

The EU promises multi-billion sums in infrastructure investments to developing countries under the heading "The Global Gateway". Many see the initiative as a direct challenger to China's similar giant project "The New Silk Road", while others question the EU's ability to compete with China.

May 6, 2022, Analysis

Week 17: Several demand that Europe restrict imports of Russian gas

The sale of fossil fuels and raw materials to Europe is perhaps the single most important source of income for Putin to finance his war against Ukraine, according to several Swedish debaters. Photo: Peretz Partensky. Source: Flickr.

Of: Markus Hietanen

A Russian halt to gas exports to Poland and Bulgaria this week breathed new life into the debate over Europe's energy dependence on Russia and how the West is financing Putin's war in Ukraine.  

May 2, 2022, Current debate

Sweden's priorities during the EU Presidency

Date and time: 18 May, 12:00 - 13:30

Welcome to a lunch seminar with EU Minister Hans Dahlgren, Hanna Nelson's policy director at Oxfam and Hans Alldén, diplomat and former head of the EU Commission's representation in Sweden! Rarely has cooperation in the EU been so important and developed as rapidly as in recent crises. The pandemic and Russia's war in Ukraine weld the EU together, but what happens to […]

April 26, 2022, Calendar, Seminars, Webcast

Thousands of European troops are leaving Mali

Since 2013, there have been several international efforts in Mali to stabilize the situation in the country. These include the Task Force Takuba coordinated by France and MINUSMA, which is coordinated by the UN. Photo: United Nations Photo. Source: Flickr.

Of: Ina Carlsson

Since 2012, there has been a power struggle between the central government, separatists and Islamists in Mali. As early as 2013, France launched an operation in Mali to counter armed separatist groups. At least half of the 5 European soldiers who have been in Mali since 000 will now be relocated to surrounding countries.

April 12, 2022, News

When we put an end to corporate human rights abuses, I will rejoice

The EU has recently adopted a bill regarding corporate responsibility for human rights and the environment, but the bill is not enough to be able to change the rules of the game, says Hanna Nelson, policy manager at Oxfam Sweden and advisor to the think tank Global Challenge. Pictured: Female tea pickers in Assam, India. Photo: Roanna Rahman.

Of: Hanna Nelson

“The critical tone does not work here in Sweden. This is actually something positive, something historical. ” These are comments that have landed in my inbox since the European Commission presented its bill on corporate responsibility for human rights and the environment. But the law that would protect human rights for workers around the world is now proposed to apply only to 1 percent of companies. Why should we rejoice then? It writes Hanna Nelson, policy manager at Oxfam Sweden and advisor to the think tank Global Challenge.

April 4, 2022, Guest chronicle

Week 13: "More sanctions against Russia - now"

Torbjörn Becker, head of the Institute of Eastern Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics, calls on the western world to introduce new, tougher sanctions against Russia's leadership. "Sanctions against oil could run out of Putin's money," he wrote. Photo: DimitroSevastopol. Source: Pixabay.

Of: Hibo Yusuf Ahmed and Samira Issa

Why the Western world must increase sanctions against Russia and how Sweden's potential NATO accession can put peace negotiations between Russia and Ukraine in a critical situation has been debated over the past week.

April 4, 2022, Current debate

EU external action gives youth a place to raise their voices

Policy-making at the European level is starting to include voices of young people in decision-making processes, according to Johanna Caminati Engström, Policy- och Advocacy Officer for Plan International EU Office and past writer for FUF.

Of: Johanna Caminati Engström

Several EU institutions are currently working to improve the inclusion and representation of youth in the European Union and especially in its external action agenda, says Johanna Caminati Engström, policy and advocacy officer at Plan International's EU office. She highlights the importance of the EU's newly implemented work such as the first-ever Youth Action Plan and reflects on its long term impacts.

March 31, 2022, Guest piece, Magazine

Week 12: Debaters disagree about Sweden's refugee reception

"This is a new situation than in 2015, and it is important not to repeat the mistake of trying to backtrack or tighten or pull out." The environmentalists Maria Ferm, Rasmus Ling and Annika Hirvonen write this in a debate article about Sweden's refugee reception. Pictured: Syrian refugees crossing the border between Hungary and Austria on their way to Germany, 2015. Photo: Mstyslav Chernov. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Of: Angel Collin and Lina Kallio

Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues to dominate the media. The war has led to a debate about who should be considered refugees and when economic sanctions should be used.

March 28, 2022, Current debate

African leaders disappointed after summit in Brussels

Almost all heads of government from the EU and the African Union gathered in Brussels in February - for the first time in five years. Photo: GovernmentZA. Source: Flickr.

Of: Wilma Sörman Ivarzon

From 17 to 18 February 2022, EU and African Union heads of government met in Brussels. Despite statements that the meeting represented the start of an equal partnership between Africa and the EU, several African leaders believe that the high ambitions remained empty words and are not reflected in reality.

March 16, 2022, News

Week 10: Debaters disagree on possible NATO membership

Sweden's possible entry into NATO has continued to be a major discussion on Swedish debate and leadership pages during the past week. Pictured: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Source: Flickr.

Of: Frida Lindberg and Julia Carlzon

Last week's debate was also marked by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. In addition to the question of a Swedish entry into NATO and the dependence on Russian natural gas, the climate issue has also found a place in the discussion.

March 14, 2022, Current debate