Angela Merkel’s European wake-up call is being answered in the Nordics

US President Donald Trump shares a word with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi, ...

US President Donald Trump shares a word with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi, centre, listens, at a G7 Summit expanded session on Saturday. Photo: ANSA/AP

 

Oslo: With Vladimir Putin in the east and Donald Trump to the west, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now telling Europe it has to stand up for itself. It’s a call that’s already being answered by the continent’s richest region.

Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway have over the past two years been deepening their military cooperation to counter a deteriorating security situation in the Baltic and the Arctic. They are also forging closer ties on softer issues, presenting this week a joint initiative to meet sustainability goals, promoting the 20 million-person region’s shared values on social equality, and discussing joint interaction with China. Continue reading

Sweden at BREAKING POINT: Migrant crisis is ‘pushing the Scandinavian country to the edge’

SWEDEN’S “totally unprecedented” migrant crisis has left it at breaking point, experts have warned.

Such has been the influx of refugees into the Scandinavian country that it has forced neighbouring Norway to temporarily re-introduce increased border controls.

Ever since the Second World War, Sweden has prided itself on helping migrants who crossed its borders despite some moves to the political right in recent years.

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