Thursday, May 23

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Turkey Will Not Approve NATO Request Sweden and Finland Unless One Condition is Met
Europe, Finland, News, Sweden, Turkey

Turkey Will Not Approve NATO Request Sweden and Finland Unless One Condition is Met

Turkey blocks the start of accession talks with Finland and Sweden within NATO. This has been heard from NATO circles. According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, both countries "support terrorist organizations and NATO accession are not possible" unless one crucial condition is met.   That condition is that Sweden and Finland must return the "terrorists" they harbour to Turkey. "If they don't, the Swedish and Finnish delegations shouldn't bother coming to Ankara to convince us," Erdogan said. According to Ankara, Sweden (and Finland) harbours people associated with groups Turkey considers terrorists. These include members of the militant wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and supporters of Fethullah Gülen. This influential Islamist thinker accuses Ankara of orches...
Swedish Central Bank Reveals Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics
Business, Europe, News, Sweden

Swedish Central Bank Reveals Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics

The Nobel Prize in Economics is not one of the 'classic' prizes as invented by founder Alfred Nobel (1833-1896).   The award is an initiative of the Swedish central bank and has been awarded since 1969. In that year, the Dutchman Jan Tinbergen shared the prize with his Norwegian colleague Ragnar Frisch. Last year the prize went to research on the so-called auction theory of the American economists' Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson. Their research was about how people trade in auction markets. Milgrom and Wilson have come up with new auction formats, among other things. "The new auction formats are a good example of how fundamental research can provide inventions that benefit society," said an explanation of the price at the time. For the winner(s), there is 10 million Swedish krona...
Sweden Limits Public Gatherings to Eight People to Fight Coronavirus
Europe, News, Sweden

Sweden Limits Public Gatherings to Eight People to Fight Coronavirus

Sweden limits public gatherings to eight people in the fight against further spread of the coronavirus.   Compliance with the Swedish coronavirus recommendations has decreased, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven explained the new measure. "This is the new standard for the whole of society," Löfven said at a press conference. "Don't go to gyms, don't go to libraries, don't organize dinner parties. Cancel." The measure already applied to restaurants. Sweden has drawn international attention for its unorthodox response to the pandemic, avoiding lockdowns and relying instead on voluntary measures. The per capita death rate in Sweden is several times higher than that of its Scandinavian neighbours but lower than in some larger European countries such as Spain. More than 6,000 people in tota...
A 12-Years-Old Swedish Girl Shot From Car While Walking Dog
Europe, News, Sweden

A 12-Years-Old Swedish Girl Shot From Car While Walking Dog

Police in Sweden is still looking for the gunman (s) who shot a 12-year-old girl from a car early yesterday morning at a gas station near Stockholm.   The victim was hit by several bullets and succumbed to her injuries in the hospital. According to Swedish public broadcaster SVT, the girl walked the dog when she was shot from a white station wagon at about 3:30 am. This happened near a gas station and a McDonald's branch in Botkyrka, about 20 kilometres southwest of the Swedish capital Stockholm. At the time of the drama, there were several people in the conscious place. Two criminals in bulletproof vests were targeted, and a stray bullet must have hit the girl. The police neither confirm nor deny the information. "At such an early stage, we should be reluctant to disclose infor...
Sweden Examines Coronavirus Approach for Summer
Europe, News, Sweden

Sweden Examines Coronavirus Approach for Summer

Sweden will start before the summer with a study into the approach to the coronavirus in the country.   Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced this in an interview with the Aftonbladet newspaper on Monday. In the country, there has been much criticism of the approach because of the many deaths in care homes and the low number of tests that have been conducted. "We need to look broadly and see how the approach has worked at national, regional and local levels," said Lofven. "The committee will be appointed before the summer." Sweden had a different approach than many other countries in Europe. This kept all schools, catering establishments and shops open. However, people had to keep 1.5 meters apart on the street. The death toll in Sweden increased by eight to 4403 on Monday. T...