Sweden took over the presidency of the European Union for six months

Day 1 for Sweden. The Scandinavian country took on Sunday, January 1, the presidency of the European Union for six months. The country, which wishes to relaunch negotiations for international trade agreements with several countries and regions, could come up against an unfavorable timetable and the Franco-German couple, which seems to be regaining color and wants toughen the tone against the United States and their Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

What are Stockholm’s stated priorities beyond the “economic competitiveness” ? Maintaining the unity of the Twenty-Seven on Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, the climate, and the defense of “fundamental values”notably in response to the controversial measures taken by Hungary and Poland.

Sweden, which is not part of the euro zone, “keeps a fairly distant relationship with Europe”, underlines with AFP Sébastien Maillard, director of the Jacques Delors Institute. He predicts a rotating presidency that “will do his duty” but “will not be zealous” and “will not have a leading role”.

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