Politico: So long to Swedish political stability

Commenting on the Swedish election results in Politico: “No decent person would vote for such a movement,” is how Carl Bildt, Sweden’s former Moderate prime minister, put it in an op-ed ahead of Sweden’s previous election, four years ago. Today, almost one-fifth of the Swedish electorate would qualify as “not decent” according not only to Bildt, but also large parts … Läs mer →

Atlantic: Sweden is still safe

I spoke to Reid Standish at The Atlantic about the Swedish elections: “It’s important to note that Sweden is still a safe place to live, but you also need to compare Sweden to Sweden and these problems are new to us,” Paulina Neuding, the editor in chief of the political magazine Kvartal, told me. “These divisions are tough for a … Läs mer →

Quillette: Sweden’s general election turmoil

Writing for Quillette about the Swedish elections: At the surface, public resentment and dissatisfaction may look perplexing: To be sure, Sweden is still among the richest countries in Europe. Its public finances are strong and it remains one of the wealthiest, most egalitarian and safest countries in the world. Swedish voters, however, are not comparing themselves to just any other … Läs mer →

Russian meddling in Sweden’s elections?

My latest for Project Syndicate: As Sweden prepares for a general election in September, officials are stepping up efforts to defend the country’s democratic process from foreign interference. But to succeed, Sweden’s leaders will need to focus as much on the sources of domestic discord as they do on policing propaganda.  

Politico: Sweden’s violent reality is undoing a peaceful self-image

Writing for Politico Europe about how to make sense of crime in Sweden: To understand crime in Sweden, it’s important to note that Sweden has benefited from the West’s broad decline in deadly violence, particularly when it comes to spontaneous violence and alcohol-related killings. The overall drop in homicides has been, however, far smaller in Sweden than in neighboring countries. Gang-related gun … Läs mer →

No-go zones for first responders

My interview with Gordon Grattidge and Henrik Johansson – the current and former head of the Swedish paramedics’ union. (English subtitles.)

Violent crime in Sweden is soaring. When will politicians act?

My latest in The Spectator: January was a particularly violent month in Sweden. A 63-year-old man was killed in Stockholm by a hand grenade lying in the street. A Dutch exchange student was hit by a stray bullet during an execution-style killing at a pizza restaurant in Uppsala. In Gothenburg, a hand grenade was thrown into a flat and exploded … Läs mer →

NYT: The uncomfortable truth about Swedish anti-Semitism

My op-ed in The New York Times about the recent violent attacks against Swedish Jews. This past Saturday, a Hanukkah party at a synagogue in Goteborg, Sweden, was abruptly interrupted by Molotov cocktails. They were hurled by a gang of men in masks at the Jews, mostly teenagers, who had gathered to celebrate the holiday. Two days later, two fire … Läs mer →

Quillette: Sweden’s sexual assault crisis

Police admit that rape cases are piling up without being investigated, because resources are being drained by gang violence and shootings. In Sweden. The country with the “first feminist government” in the world. I wrote for Quillette in October about Sweden’s sexual assault crisis: While Swedish women rank among the most equal in the world, they increasingly fear for their physical … Läs mer →

My take on the Stockholm terror attack for the Spectator blog: If the government has repeatedly failed to address the problem of Sweden’s underground problem, so too has it failed to take seriously the threat posed by jihadism. Sweden is one of Europe’s leading per capita exporters of Isis fighters; unlike Norway, it is not illegal here to be a … Läs mer →