Löfven and Merkel agree on refugee issue

During their meeting in Berlin yesterday Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed that they shared common interests in terms of migration and integration, and said they would now call for a fairer distribution of the refugee burden in the European Union. The two heads of government also discussed the crisis in Ukraine and relations with Russia, agreeing that diplomacy must be given a chance to succeed. However, neither rule out the possibility of new sanctions, if the truce is broken.

(SvD I: 10, DN I: 16)

Demonstration against anti-Semitism

Some two hundred people gathered on Raoul Wallenberg square in Stockholm on Saturday to demonstrate against violence and hatred after the terror attacks in Paris and Copenhagen. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, who had been invited to speak at the demonstration, said Sweden must never accept that hatred be allowed to take over people’s lives.

Since the two terror attacks the Swedish Security Service and the police have been in closer contact with Jewish communities in Sweden, and Home Affairs Minister Anders Ygeman has also pledged more funding to raise security around Jewish buildings and institutions.

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