Far-right shadow looming over Swedish EU presidency

There are concerns in the European Union that Sweden's ambitions for its presidency of the Council of the European Union won’t materialize into concrete progress

Samuel Petrequin
Wednesday 11 January 2023 10:19 GMT

Sweden holds the powerful presidency of the European Union for the next six months, but there are concerns in the 27-nation bloc that the strong influence of the hard-line far right at home will hold them back.

Holding a presidency allows a member nation to help set the tone and the agenda of the EU, something which is crucial with the war in Ukraine still raging, migration issues continuing to put several nations on edge and even trade disputes creating a rift with Washington.

“It will be our responsibility to try to steer this ship,” said Lars Danielsson, the permanent representative of Sweden to the EU, ahead of the European Commission’s visit to Sweden this week.

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