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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 16/09/2014

Moderate parties must join forces

All of Sweden's political camps must join forces to counteract the new strength of the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung urges: "Unlike in Norway, where the right-wing populists have been governing together with the conservatives for a year, all the parties have refused to cooperate with the Sweden Democrats. If they want to prevent the latter from achieving even better results in four years' time, they must swiftly tackle the problems posed by integration and the labour market. These include joblessness among immigrants, which is almost twice as high as among native Swedes, as well as linguistic integration and the need for special teachers and extra funding asserted by schools in immigrant neighbourhoods. To minimise the influence of the Sweden Democrats, what is needed is cross-party cooperation."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 07/03/2008

Who represents Aland's interests in Brussels?

The Aland archipielago, which belongs to Finland, is largely autonomous and is therefore regarded as a shining example by other EU regions striving for autonomy. Now a dispute over "Snus", a damp tobacco sold on Aland ferries despite being banned in the EU, is raising tensions in the already problematic relations between Aland and the EU: "This is because the regional autonomy of the island doesn't fit in with the EU's scheme, as Elisabeth Nauclér, who holds Aland's only seat in the Finnish parliament, puts it. ... For Aland to be allowed to join the EU together with Finland, a number of special regulations had to be negotiated (the Aland Protocol) and three changes to the constitution were made. ... Aland does not have a seat of its own in the European Parliament. Finland simply forgot to make such a provision during the membership talks. ... A team is currently examining the possibilities for Aland to obtain more say in Brussels."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 17/10/2006

Sweden's new government under pressure

Ingrid Meissl Arebo assesses the impact of the two ministers' resignations for the new Swedish government. "The conduct of the ministers of culture and trade doesn't fit with the image of the 'New Moderates', who have tried to disassociate themselves from the neo-liberal policies of the old upper-class conservatives. Commentators appear to agree that these ministerial scandals will undermine Fredrik Reinfeldt's authority in the short term. But as long as it can concentrate on its political tasks it's unlikely the government will suffer in the long term. If it can to do this the resignations will be long forgotten by 2010 when the next parliamentary elections take place."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 08/09/2006

Sweden goes to the polls

Ingrid Meissl Arebo, who is covering the election campaign of the Social Democratic prime minister, Göran Persson, reports that the outcome of the Swedish election campaign is still completely open. "As a result, Persson spends a lot of time talking about the achievements of his party, which has ruled Sweden for 65 of the last 74 years, and contents himself with sharp sideswipes at the opposition parties." But he isn't offering any solution to the current problems. "Despite the economic boom and the job creation schemes that cost millions, the party has failed to combat unemployment in Sweden. Even now, the formula for bringing the unemployed back into the labour market consists mainly of raising contributions. The opposition, on the other hand, wants to increase incentives, partly by lowering employers' contributions, income and business taxes, and partly by cutting unemployment benefits. Persson describes this solution from the opposition as inhumane and lacking in solidarity."

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