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Far-right political parties, often Eurosceptic, have long been at work building their influence in Brussels. On June 12, 2019, Italy’s Lega and France’s Rassemblement National announced that they would form the Identity and Democracy (ID) group within the European Parliament. At a press conference the next day, Marco Zanni of Lega (L) shakes hands with the RN’s Marine Le Pen. Aris Oikonomou/AFP

The fox in the chicken coop: how the far right is playing the European Parliament

How political parties such as Fidesz, Brothers of Italy, and the National Rally form part of the European Parliament.
Finland and Sweden joined 14 NATO allies in a June 6, 2022, military exercise on the Baltic Sea. Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images

Finland’s and Sweden’s pursuit of NATO membership is the exact opposite of what Putin wanted for Russian neighbors

Sandwiched between Russia and NATO ally Norway, both Sweden and Finland have maintained neutrality in global conflicts. That changed in February 2022, when Russia invaded Ukraine.
Swedish defence minister Peter Hultqvist visits military base in Adazi, Latvia, in April 2022. Reuters/Alamy

Sweden: a history of neutrality ends after 200 years

The nation’s military strengths will add a considerable amount to Nato’s capabilities around the Baltic, an expert says.
David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust in 1972: ‘an androgynous rockstar from outer space’. Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

David Bowie and the birth of environmentalism: 50 years on, how Ziggy Stardust and the first UN climate summit changed our vision of the future

In June 1972, the first United Nations conference on the human environment coincided with the release of David Bowie’s iconic Ziggy Stardust album. Both still feel disturbingly relevant today
Swedish army medics simulate the evacuation of a field hospital as part of military exercise called “cold response 2022”, gathering around 30,000 troops from Nato member countries plus Finland and Sweden, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in the Arctic Circle on March 25 2022. Reuters/Alamy

Finland and Sweden’s desire to join Nato shows Putin has permanently redrawn the map of Europe

Sweden’s and Finland’s plans to join Nato are a symbol of a major shake-up of the European security order.
The Cover of Swedish rapper Yasin’s second album featured his passport stamped with “convicted in advance” on it. Byn Block Entertainment

Swedish gangsta rap exposes a dark side of the country some would rather ignore

“Sweden’s most wanted”, raps the controversial artist Yasin in his track 20 Talet. The rapper’s lyrics are without filter, direct, raw, born within a marginalised and often criminal environment, depicting…

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