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Trouble at the Riksbank, changes in EU migration policy, and video games in schools in the EU?
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Seven years after the major refugee crisis in 2015, discussions about a new crisis are being held among members of the European Parliament.
Last Friday, the European Commission presented an emergency action plan to deal with the situation in the Mediterranean, where Italy and France are arguing about rescue ships with a number of refugees – mainly economic migrants – which is skyrocketing again.
The commission argues that this situation is clear evidence of the need for a common asylum and migration policy between European countries. However, member states have still not agreed on a solution.
The issue is that regarding immigration matters, Sweden’s position has changed considerably after the September election. This could be a major turning point for the negotiations.
Nobody wants to be responsible for newcomers
The main issue is that none of the countries want to take responsibility for the new arrivals. The Mediterranean countries want help from others, but other countries in Eastern Europe are not comfortable with this.
According to the Commission, this year more than 90,000 immigrants have arrived through the Mediterranean – 50 percent more than last year.
According to Migrationsverket's latest forecast, this year approximately 52,000 Ukrainian refugees came seeking protection in Sweden, a decrease from what previous forecasts predicted.
However, the agency warns that there is great uncertainty about how the war in Ukraine can develop and that a further escalation of the war cannot be ruled out yet.
Therefore, agencies need to be prepared to accommodate roughly 100,000 Ukrainians seeking shelter in 2023.
An extension of protection
In October, the European Union announced an extension of temporary protection of Ukrainian refugees until March 2024. This July, Migrationsverket started the extension of the protection for another year, which means that the reception budget will increase in 2023 and 2024.
According to Migrationsverket, in the budget proposal for 2023, the government provides funds according to the needs and compensation for all municipalities, regions, and people who have received protection.
The Riksbank has been, for a long time now, a stable profit machine for the Swedish central government. However, things have changed radically by the unexpected increase in interest rates and high inflation.
This could lead the Riksbank’s board to request capital injections from the Riksdag to compensate for the losses – although this could be postponed until 2024.
Swedish krona, not helping
The magnitude of the Riksbank's losses is still unclear. But the interest losses should be weighed against the effects of the ongoing weakening of the Swedish krona on the value of the Riksbank's gold and foreign exchange reserves.
Riksbank support purchases have been used as a crisis tool in cases when there were problems in the interest market at the beginning of the corona pandemic.
Regardless, in order to increase the amount of money circulating in the Swedish economy, the Riksbank has also bought large support during long non-crisis periods since 2015.
The European Commission is now seeking to develop a long-term data game strategy to help gaming companies grow and find staff. This is to take advantage of video and computer games as teaching materials in schools – and create more games that spread European values and diversity.
The call comes from the European Parliament's Committee on Culture, which is now calling for a joint plan from Brussels for investing in TV, computer games, and e-sports , which according to the committee can promote European history, identity, cultural heritage, values, and diversity through immersive experiences.
This is why the committee wants the European Commission to create an academy to praise such games, and also to ensure that "culturally significant" games are preserved for posterity.
Impossible to ignore
Parliament's resolution also refers to e-sports, in particular, by calling for the same visa regime for incoming e-sporters as for other athletes and cultural practitioners.
For the time being, the resolution is merely an act of desire for what should be done. These platforms are something all Europeans between the ages of 6 and 64 engage in, on phones, computers and game consoles, and that’s why the commission considers them important.
What else is happening in Sweden?
🚘 A wave of catalyst thefts has been reported across Västernorrland . According to the police, around 20 car owners have reported thefts. The police have listed on their website a number of tips to avoid this, such as parking in a garage or an illuminated place and installing a tilt alarm.
🎨 The exhibition "The mystery of Banksy – A genius mind" is coming to Sweden. The super-secret British street artist's work will be shown at the Admiral in Malmö, from 21st January to 21st May 2023.
💸 Due to rising prices , Swedes have become more conscious of their expenses, in the fear that their economy will deteriorate next year.
What else is happening in the world?
💰 The World Bank has announced new support to Ukraine of 4.5 billion USD, which is equivalent to 48 billion SEK approximately. The money will help pay salaries to health care employees, schools and will also go to pension payments and social programs.
🇨🇦 Canada imposes new sanctions on Belarus President Lukashenko as he supports Russia's war in Ukraine, reports The Guardian.
🇧🇷 Bolsonaro's right-wing party is protesting (still) against the outcome of the elections in Brazil . According to the claims, more than half of the voting machines were flawed, and if the votes of these machines were to be excluded, Bolsonaro would have been the winner.
Meanwhile, in Stockholm
📽️ Tom Hanks is coming to Stockholm. The actor will be in the city for the premier of the American version of the film, “A man called Ove.”
🍷 Stockholm’s Röda Huset was named Campari One to Watch at the World’s 50 best bars 2022 list. It is the first time a restaurant in the Nordic region has been given the award.
📸 This fall, Christer Strömholm ’s photographs will be exhibited at the National Museum in Stockholm. Strömholm is one of Sweden’s most successful portrait photographers. The exhibition will showcase around 200 photographs from the 40s, 50s, and 60s, taken during Strömholm’s time living in Paris.
FIFA World Cup
🇲🇦 Morocco 0 - 0 Croatia 🇭🇷
🇩🇪 Germany 1 - 2 Japan 🇯🇵
🇪🇸 Spain 7 - 0 Costa Rica 🇨🇷
🇧🇪 Belgium 1 - 0 Canada 🇨🇦
🇩🇰🇩🇪 Threats about sporting sanctions for teams wearing the "OneLove" armband during the World Cup have provoked strong reactions. Now, the Danish Football Federation (DBU) is threatening to leave FIFA . The German team protested by covering their mouths during the team photo before the kickoff in the match against Japan.
🇫🇷 New setbacks for France– Lucas Hernández cannot continue the tournament. The 26-year-old has torn his cruciate ligament.
What to expect today
🇨🇭 Switzerland - Cameroon 🇨🇲 11:00
🇺🇾 Uruguay - South Korea 🇰🇷 14:00
🇵🇹 Portugal - Ghana 🇬🇭 17:00
🇧🇷 Brazil - Serbia 🇷🇸 20:00
Fun fact of the day
Memes about the Swedish king Carl XVI Gustaf wearing strange hats have been circulating on the internet for years now.
The variety of hats includes a rabbit ear hat, a frog hat, and a moose hat. But the pictures are mostly photoshopped.
The king had a good laugh himself when he was first shown a photoshopped picture of him wearing a sausage hat, even though he said that he was upset by being constantly ridiculed in the media.
Made with 💛 in Stockholm
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