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NUMERO 14 - 12/06/2024

 European Electionts 2024 in Sweden

The last few years have been a period of great change for Sweden. Following Swedens decision to join NATO in May 2022, the Riksdag elections of September of the same year had a significant effect on the political and institutional set-up: the first female prime minister, the first-ever mistrust, the first government dependent on the support of the far-right and, for the first time, a prime minister belonging to the third party of the country. The Swedish Constitution is multi-textual. The Constitution of the Swedish parliamentary monarchy consists in four texts:  the "Instrument of Government" (Regeringsformen), that dates back to 1974 in which the principles of the Kingdoms legal system are expressed and that is considered the “true charter of the Kingdom of Sweden”;  the Act of Succession (Successionsordningen), 1809;  The Freedom of the Press Act (Tryckfrihetsförordningen), 1949; the Fundamental Law on Freedom of Expression (Yttrandefrihetsgrundlagen), 1991.  The Swedish Constitution is a rigid charter that needs an aggravated review process. Over time it has been amended several times. The amendments concerned, in particular, the introduction of economic, social, cultural and environmental provisions, the protection of minorities and the relations with the European Union. Due to the constant and substantial changes made to the Swedish Constitution, some believe that it is possible to speak of a gradual and progressive updating of the Constitution, basically an incremental constitutional «maintenance»… (continues)

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