In the spring, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented the new 'Windsor Framework', which replaces the former Northern Ireland Protocol. Photo: UK Prime Minister. Source: Flickr.
Of: Amanda Rossling
Britain and the EU agree a framework for Northern Ireland and Ireland, after lengthy discussions on the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol - which was signed when the UK left the EU. The framework will simplify trade in the UK and be a means of avoiding tensions between Northern Ireland and Ireland.
May 12, 2023, Development magazine explains
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
One of Sweden's priorities during the EU presidency is to finalize a free trade agreement between the EU and the Mercosur countries in South America. But there is concern among climate and human rights organizations that increased trade between the parties will mean more devastation of the Amazon and increased risk of violations of indigenous peoples' rights. Photo: Tom Fish. Source: Pexels.
Of: Ida Eriksson Vanemo
The EU is in the final phase of a free trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur- the countries of South America, after almost 23 years of negotiations. The agreement means reduced tariffs on trade between the countries, but several environmental and human rights organizations have criticized the agreement and believe that it could lead to increased devastation of the Amazon.
March 21, 2023, Development magazine explains
During Viktor Orbán's 13 years in power in Hungary, press and media freedom in the country has been severely restricted. This has provoked reactions and received criticism from the EU. In the picture, Viktor Orbán speaks before his EU parliamentary group, EPP, in 2014. Photo: European People's Party. Source: Flickr.
Of: Nora Nattorp
Viktor Orbán regained the position of Prime Minister of Hungary in 2010. Since then, he has implemented major political changes affecting the democratic rights of the population. Journalists in the country are wiretapped and critical voices are silenced - despite the fact that freedom of speech and the press is part of the country's constitution.
March 16, 2023, Development magazine explains
On 1 January 2023, Sweden takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union. The development magazine helps you figure out what that means. Photo: Christian Lue. Source: Unsplash.
Of: Elianne Kjellman
From 1 January 2023 and six months ahead, the Swedish government takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union. Some are hopeful and believe that the influential task will mean increased support for Ukraine, while others fear that it will be destructive to the EU's climate policy. The development magazine explains how the presidency works, and some things you should know to keep up with the debate on the subject.
December 22, 2022, Development magazine explains
Date and time: 19 Oct, 12:00 - 13:00
To register » Sweden will be chairman of the EU during the first half of 2023. Preparations have been going on for a long time and are currently extensive and intensive. Extra complicated is that this is happening just as Sweden changes government. The preparatory work does not only involve the Government Office, but many others also want to influence the Swedish attitude towards this presidency. FUF has […]
October 7, 2022, Calendar, Seminars
Protests have spread across Iran, and also elsewhere in the world, since 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died after being beaten by Iran's so-called morality police for wearing her veil "the wrong way". The protests have been a central topic on Swedish debate and editorial pages during the past week. Pictured: Protest in London against the compulsion for women to wear the veil in Iran. Photo: Gary Knight. Source: Flickr.
Of: Elianne Kjellman and Ella Sjöbeck
The wave of protests in Iran, which erupted after the 22-year-old mahsa Aminis death that occurred in connection with her arrest by the Iranian morality police, has characterized the past week's debate and editorial pages. Several debaters are now calling on governments, organizations and individuals to support Iranian women's fight for freedom. Concerns about the consequences of cuts in Swedish aid has also been debated.
September 26, 2022, Current debate
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
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
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