Sweden

Swedish election results in gridlock and growth of the far-right

By Gabriel Black, 11 September 2018

The neo-fascist Swedish Democrats won a hearing only because of the bankruptcy of the ruling parties, which have overseen decades of cuts and social decay.

Far-right Sweden Democrats poised to make gains in general election

By Jordan Shilton, 8 September 2018

Chief responsibility for the rise of the right-wing extremists lies with the Social Democrats, who have gutted public spending and whipped up anti-immigrant chauvinism.

#MeToo turns deadly

Opera singer Anne Sofie von Otter blames #MeToo witch-hunt for her husband’s suicide

By David Walsh, 3 August 2018

Anne Sofie von Otter, the famed Swedish mezzo-soprano, is speaking out to the press for the first time about the March 2018 suicide of her husband, Benny Fredriksson.

Swedish student protest halts deportation of Afghan man

By Paul Bond, 28 July 2018

Elin Ersson’s actions, defying the anti-immigrant policies adopted throughout the European Union, have struck a popular chord.

Swiss whistleblower Falciani arrested in Spain on order from Switzerland

By Marianne Arens, 11 April 2018

Hervé Falciani, who exposed thousands of cases of tax evasion, now faces extradition to Switzerland, in a deal that could include the extradition of two Catalonian politicians.

Sweden drops bogus investigation, but Julian Assange threatened with extradition to US

By Robert Stevens, 20 May 2017

The case against the WikiLeaks founder was concocted from the beginning so he could be sent from Sweden to the US.

Four killed, a dozen injured in Stockholm attack

By Kumaran Ira, 8 April 2017

A man drove a stolen lorry into a crowd outside a Stockholm department store, killing at least four people and injuring more than 12.

Sweden brings back the draft

By Johannes Stern, 4 March 2017

The reintroduction of forced military conscription in Sweden is taking place as the major imperialist powers are militarizing in preparation for a new world war.

Julian Assange statement exposes bogus rape allegation

By Steve James, 13 December 2016

Assange not only exposes the bogus rape allegations made against him, but presents a devastating review of the US-led campaign to ensure his arrest pending deportation.

Swedish authorities finally question Julian Assange after six years

By Robert Stevens, 15 November 2016

The Swedish authorities are blatantly flouting international law in their vindictive pursuit of Assange.

Swedish prosecutors to question Julian Assange in Ecuador’s London embassy

By Paul Mitchell, 15 August 2016

Assange remains fearful that attempts will be made to railroad him to the United States, where a sealed Grand Jury indictment involving espionage charges is awaiting him.

Stock market panic risks new financial crisis

By Andre Damon, 12 February 2016

The global sell-off expresses growing fears that the trillions pumped into the financial system since 2008 have done nothing to improve its underlying health, and may have sown the seeds for a crash on an even greater scale.

Sweden announces plans to deport up to 80,000 refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 29 January 2016

Sweden’s announcement came the same day as Human Rights Watch published a scathing indictment of the curtailment of democratic rights in Europe in response to the refugee crisis.

Danish and Swedish governments step up attacks on refugees

By Jordan Shilton, 20 January 2016

Measures once associated with fascist regimes are again being employed against refugees fleeing war in the Middle East.

UK pressured Sweden not to question Julian Assange in London

By Paul Mitchell, 24 October 2015

Nearly five years after Assange’s arrest without charge, and in breach of a Swedish law, the prosecutor has still not taken a statement from the WikiLeaks editor.

Swedish deal to avert early elections

By Jordan Shilton, 13 January 2015

All of the establishment parties have united around an openly right-wing programme that cannot be challenged by the electorate over the course of the next eight years.

Sweden mounts military operation to find alleged Russian submarine

By Jordan Shilton, 22 October 2014

The alleged underwater threat is being exploited to justify the militarization of the region.

Swedish elections: Support declines for establishment parties

By Jordan Shilton, 16 September 2014

Support for the far-right Sweden Democrats has grown as the country’s leading parties intensified their attacks on the social state and democratic rights.

Sweden strengthens military in response to Ukraine crisis

By Jordan Shilton, 15 May 2014

Sweden’s government has revealed plans to boost military spending by more than 10 percent over the next ten years.

Swedish intelligence service spying on Russia for US National Security Agency

By Jordan Shilton, 30 December 2013

The deepening connections of Swedish intelligence services with the US and Britain over the past decade have coincided with the country’s formal abandonment of its posture of neutrality.

Swedish police collect illegal database of Roma

By Jordan Shilton, 23 October 2013

Swedish police have created a in illegal database of over 4,000 Roma people based solely on ethnicity.

Trade unions urge anti-immigrant measures following Swedish riots

By Jordan Shilton, 10 June 2013

The Swedish trade unions are utilising the riots, which erupted last month in Stockholm and Malmo, to demand restrictions on immigration levels.

Rioting hits Stockholm after police shoot Portuguese immigrant

By Marcus Day, 25 May 2013

Rioting has occurred nightly in the suburbs of Stockholm, the Swedish capital, after police shot and killed a 69-year-old immigrant man on Sunday.

Former owner GM blocks Saab takeover

By Jordan Shilton, 28 November 2011

The future of Swedish automaker Saab remains undecided following a decision by former owner General Motors to block a proposed takeover by two Chinese firms.

Sweden’s Social Democrats in freefall

By Jordan Shilton, 10 November 2011

In recent weeks, support for Sweden’s Social Democrats has fallen to historic lows, with polls indicating little more than 25 percent of voters support the party.

Saab nears bankruptcy as restructuring plan collapses

By Jordan Shilton, 26 October 2011

Saab faces the prospect of bankruptcy after its plans to restructure fell apart last week.

Finance minister proposes “Swedish model” to solve European debt crisis

By Jordan Shilton, 24 October 2011

Sweden’s finance minister Anders Borg has spoken out in favour of a “Swedish solution” to resolve the deepening debt crisis gripping the European continent.

Swedish court grants Saab bankruptcy protection

By Jordan Shilton, 26 September 2011

If Saab is able to survive beyond the end of the year, it will be on the basis of a cost-cutting offensive against the workforce by management and the state, facilitated by the unions.

Swedish Left Party leader announces resignation

By Jordan Shilton, 8 September 2011

Lars Ohly, the leader of Sweden’s Left Party since 2004, revealed August 9 that he will step down as head of the party at its next congress in January 2012.

Swedish Saab workers go unpaid for second month

By Jordan Shilton, 3 August 2011

Crisis-hit automaker Saab announced last Tuesday for the second month in a row that part of its workforce would not receive their wages on time. The failure to pay employees confirms that the company is essentially bankrupt.

Saab deal with Chinese automaker paves way for job cuts, outsourcing

By Jordan Shilton, 9 May 2011

The deal provides no long-term security for Saab workers, and opens the door to a vast cost-cutting drive through the outsourcing of jobs to cheap labour locations in China.

Swedish automaker Saab nears collapse

By Jordan Shilton, 30 April 2011

Barely a year after being taken over by Dutch firm Spyker, Swedish automaker Saab is again in danger of shutdown, with the loss of thousands of jobs.

Scandinavian and other “neutral” states support assault on Libya

By Steve James, 12 April 2011

Eight Swedish fighter aircraft joined the NATO operation against Libyan government forces last week.

Unanswered questions over Stockholm suicide bomb attack

By Steve James, 17 March 2011

Ezedden Khalid Ahmed al-Khaledi, a 30-year-old nursing student claiming to be from Kuwait, has been charged with helping fund the Stockholm suicide bomb attack.

Julian Assange legal team makes devastating critique of Swedish extradition attempt

By Robert Stevens, 8 February 2011

The attempt to extradite WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange to Sweden on trumped-up sex charges was stepped up yesterday in the Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in London.

Obama administration steps up vendetta against WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

By Patrick O’Connor, 10 December 2010

The British Independent newspaper reported Wednesday that US and Swedish officials were engaged in closed door discussions aimed at delivering WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange into American custody.

Sweden issues international arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Assange

By David Walsh, 19 November 2010

Swedish authorities, stepping up their campaign of persecution against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, have issued an international arrest warrant for his detention.

Shootings of immigrants in Sweden

By Jordan Shilton, 10 November 2010

A man was arrested in Malmö on Saturday in connection with a spate of shootings targeting immigrants.

Minority government formed in Sweden

By Jordan Shilton, 26 October 2010

The right-wing Alliance led by Frederick Reinfeldt is attempting to continue in government despite failing to achieve an outright majority in last month’s parliamentary elections.

The rise of the Sweden Democrats and the Swedish far right

By I.K. Karlsson and Jordan Shilton, 30 September 2010

In the September 19 election, the nationalist Sweden Democrats increased their support to nearly 6 percent of the vote and claimed 20 seats in parliament for the first time.

Ballot irregularities fuel uncertainty over Sweden’s election result

By Jordan Shilton, 27 September 2010

Although the final result from Sweden’s 6,063 electoral districts was declared on Thursday, the outcome of the September 19 vote remains in dispute.

Right-wing Alliance inflicts defeat on Sweden’s social democrats

By Jordan Shilton, 22 September 2010

Swedish parliamentary elections saw the right-wing Alliance achieve victory, the first time a rightwing group has secured a second term in office in over 80 years. The Social Democrats dropped to an historic low, with just over 30 percent of the vote.

Swedish Greens offer support to right-wing Alliance

By Jordan Shilton, 16 September 2010

The Swedish Greens have indicated that they will back a right-wing Alliance government to keep out the far-right Sweden Democrats, a further illustration of the lack of any principled political difference between the two main electoral blocs in the September 19 vote.

Opposition in Sweden presents election program

By Jordan Shilton, 10 September 2010

The centre-left opposition in Sweden has presented a joint election manifesto ahead of the September 19 vote.

Swedish prosecutor re-opens “rape” case against WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

By David Walsh, 2 September 2010

The decision by a senior Swedish prosecutor to reopen the rape charges against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange is a transparently political decision. There is every reason to believe this is part of a “dirty tricks” operation.

Swedish election dominated by economy and unemployment

By Jordan Shilton, 17 August 2010

Campaigning in Sweden’s parliamentary elections has been under way for several weeks, with the vote set for September 19. The supposed success of the governing Alliance has come at the expense of the working class over the past four years.

Sweden: Spyker announces last-minute purchase of Saab

By Jordan Shilton, 2 February 2010

Spyker and General Motors announced a “binding agreement” at a Stockholm press conference Tuesday, January 28, for the sale of Saab.

Sweden: Saab workers protest as GM begins winding down operations

By Jordan Shilton, 15 January 2010

More than 3,000 workers gathered outside Saab’s main facilities in Trollhättan on Tuesday to oppose the shutdown of Saab and denounce the actions of its owner, General Motors.

GM confirms closure of Saab

By Jordan Shilton, 30 December 2009

Despite last-minute talks with Dutch sports car maker Spyker on a potential sale, General Motors has confirmed that it will push ahead with its plans to wind down operations at Saab.

Sweden: GM threatens Saab shutdown by year’s end

By Jordan Shilton, 18 December 2009

Following the collapse of the attempted sale of Saab to the Koenigsegg Group, General Motors has announced it will close down operations at Saab at the end of the month if no new buyer is found.

Sweden: Koenigsegg pulls out of Saab deal

By Jordan Shilton, 28 November 2009

After months of uncertainty, the Koenigsegg Group announced November 24 that it was no longer interested in purchasing Saab Automobile.

Sweden: Further delays in Koenigsegg takeover of Saab

By Jordan Shilton, 19 November 2009

In spite of the decision of the European Investment Bank (EIB) on October 21 to grant Saab Automobile a €400 million loan, the deal to sell the GM unit to Koenigsegg Group remains in the balance.

Swedish government to provide backing to Saab sale

By Jordan Shilton, 15 October 2009

Sweden’s right-wing Alliance government announced on October 7 that it would provide support to the bid of the Koenigsegg Group to take over automaker Saab.

UN climate change meeting

No agreement between major powers on carbon emissions

By Tom Eley, 23 September 2009

Tuesday’s global warming summit failed to ease differences among the major powers in advance of a December treaty conference in Copenhagen.

Sweden: Koenigsegg bid to buy Saab under threat

By Jordan Shilton, 27 August 2009

Having announced in June that it was set to purchase Saab, there is a strong possibility that the consortium Koenigsegg Group AB may be unable to finance its bid.

Sweden: Luxury automaker Koenigsegg announces purchase of Saab

By Jordan Shilton, 29 June 2009

The struggling automaker Saab will be sold to Koenigsegg, a Swedish company that manufactures luxury sports cars.

Baltic economic instability threatens to spread to Sweden

By Jordan Shilton, 15 June 2009

Deepening economic problems in Latvia are threatening to spread throughout the region.

Sweden: Saab granted three-month extension in bankruptcy protection

By Jordan Shilton, 5 June 2009

A local judge has given Swedish automaker Saab a further three months protection from creditors, as it seeks to find a buyer.

Sweden: Uncertainty over future of Saab

By Jordan Shilton, 15 May 2009

Two months after filing for bankruptcy protection, the future for Swedish automaker Saab remains unclear.

Sweden: Over half a million face unemployment

By Jordan Shilton, 14 April 2009

Over half a million people will be out of work in Sweden next year, according to the latest predictions.

Sweden: Saab announces more layoffs as unions agree to wage cuts

By Jordan Shilton, 25 March 2009

Saab announced 750 job cuts at its main plant in Trollhätten on March 12.

Sweden: Unions promote nationalism over Saab

By Jordan Shilton, 3 March 2009

Sweden’s trade unions have organised a campaign for state aid to rescue the ailing carmaker Saab.

Swedish automaker Saab seeks bankruptcy protection

By Jordan Shilton, 25 February 2009

The automaker Saab is to be given temporary bankruptcy protection to enable it to carry out a “restructuring” programme.

Sweden: Left Party seeks coalition with Social Democrats

By Jordan Shilton, 26 November 2008

Recent months have seen stepped-up efforts by the Swedish Social Democrats to negotiate terms for a potential coalition after the next general election, due in 2010.

Sweden bails out banks as economy enters recession

By Jordan Shilton, 8 November 2008

Sweden’s Alliance government has announced that 1.5 trillion kronor (approx. $200 billion) has been made available to bail out the banking sector.

Scandinavian countries respond to Russia-Georgia conflict

By Jordan Shilton, 6 October 2008

The war between Russia and Georgia has greatly increased tensions, not only in the immediate region but throughout the world. Scandinavia is no exception.

Social Democratic government in Sweden pressed to adopt euro

By Robert Stevens, 11 October 1999

The ruling Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Sweden is being pressed by key political figures and institutions to hasten the country's entry into the European Monetary Union (EMU). Sweden had opted out of joining the first wave of countries to adopt the euro in January 1999.