Why should you vote in the EU elections?

June 6 to 9 are the EU elections. Karin Flordal from Sieps believes that it is an important right, but also an obligation, to make one's voice heard. Photo (left): European Parliament. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Photo (right): Karin Flordal. Source: Sieps.

Of: Elianne Kjellman

On June 6 to 9, the EU elections take place. Decisions made at EU level affect us all the time, both big and small. Nevertheless, it can be difficult to understand what the election actually means. The development magazine has talked to Karin Flordal, investigator at Swedish Institute for European Political Studies (Sieps), as believes that one does not need to be an expert on EU issues to vote in the future parliamentsthe choice. 

June 3, 2024, Interview

Week 19: Debaters disagree about the protests against Israel's participation in Eurovision

Several of last week's opinion texts focused on the demonstrations in Malmö against Israel's participation in the Eurovision song contest. Photo: Eko. Source: Flickr.

Of: Elianne Kjellman

Israel's participation in Eurovision song cuntest induced extensive protester i the host city Malmo during last week. On Swedish opinion pages have dbattlers discussed about demonstrants feed antisemitism - or if they promote fred. 

May 13, 2024, Current debate

After deadlock in the Congress: the US presents a new billion-dollar military package to Ukraine

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin recently presented a six billion dollar aid package to Ukraine - which the Democrats had actually hoped would arrive in August 2023. Image: Chad J. McNeely. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Elianne Kjellman

A military aid package worth six billion dollars will help Ukraine replenish its weapons stockpiles, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced in slate April. The support is part of a larger aid package that was voted on by Congress after a months-long standstill. The package gives Ukraine much of the equipment that the country has requested - but not all. 

May 6, 2024, News

You should know this ahead of Sweden's EU presidency

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

Hope for peace in war-torn Ethiopia after ceasefire agreement

For the past two years, the Ethiopian region of Tigray has been plagued by brutal fighting. Now the Ethiopian state and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) have reached a ceasefire. Pictured: A destroyed tank in Edaga Hamus in Tigray, June 2021. Photo: Yan Boechat. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Elianne Kjellman

One of the bloodiest conflicts of the 2000st century has been fought in Ethiopia since November 2020. A solution has seemed far away. But in early November came the surprising announcement that a ceasefire had been reached. Liisa Laakso, Senior Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, explains how the friction between the Ethiopian state and the People's Liberation Front in Tigray led to war - and how they have managed to reach a ceasefire.

December 2, 2022, Interview

Therefore, China and Taiwan are in conflict - and the United States is involved

Tensions between China and Taiwan have reached new levels after the US state visit to Taiwan in August this year. A Chinese invasion of Taiwan looms, and if the US offers military assistance, this would mean an escalation of the conflict. Pictured: Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen in August 2022. Photo: Makoto Lin. Source: Flickr.

Of: Elianne Kjellman

After US state visit to Taiwan in August, tensions between Taiwan, China and the United States have increased sharply. Many experts fear a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. The subject has recently been mentioned frequently in the media, but the conflict can be difficult to understand. The development magazine explains the historical background to the conflict and US involvement in it.

October 28, 2022, Development magazine explains