Rotating presidency of Europe: in Brussels, Sweden asks questions

The thermometer will drop to minus 15 degrees on Thursday January 12 and Friday January 13 for the first major meeting that Sweden is hosting as part of its rotating presidency of the European Union. And that it organizes with the European Commission in Kiruna, the northernmost city of the country. Because since the New Year and for the next six months, the Kingdom represents the 27 member countries. With the “main priority”, declared the center-right Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, “strengthening the security” of the continent. “As we have a war on our doorstep, we must ensure that we remain united” in solidarity with kyiv and condemnation of the Russian aggressor.

In the Brussels bubble, this new semester raises questions. Formed only last October, the ruling coalition in Stockholm is not only a minority, but also supported by The Democrats of Sweden, the extreme right party of Jimmie Åkessonwho has long campaigned for Swexit (an exit from the EU) and who now demands, with a majority of 20% in Parliament, strict control of the role of the Community institutions.


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