Sweden takes over the EU presidency for the first half of 2023

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The presidency of the Council The European Union takes over from today, Sunday, January 1 Sweden for the first half of 2023, taking over from the Czech Republic.

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“Sweden takes over the presidency at a time when the Union is facing historic changes”Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristerson had declared in mid-December.

In an announcement on the government’s website, Christerson mentions the war in Ukraine, the fight against climate change and European competitiveness as the main issues Stockholm will promote.

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Sweden’s priority will be “a greener, safer and freer Europe”is underlined.

Christerson and his conservative government are not well known on the European scene, as they assumed power about two and a half months ago. Besides, Christerson is the first Swedish prime minister to work closely with the far-right, populist Sweden Democrats party.

The Sweden Democrats are not part of the minority government that Christerson’s Moderates have formed with other right-wing parties, the Christian Democrats and the Liberals. However, they are the second largest party in parliament and have more seats than the Moderates, which means that the Sweden Democrats can exert a large influence on government policy.

Source: News Beast

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