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Political donations in EU - Sweden, Malta

by A swedish kind of death Tue Dec 12th, 2006 at 02:46:40 PM EST

In a discussion some time ago it was suggested that the might of DKos mainly stems from an ability to direct donations to candidates.

I think it was Colman who asked about the laws concerning political donations. As the laws differ it might be a big or little hassle to try to direct donations. If this is efficient in a european setting is also a good question.

By accident I stumbled upon what the rules are in Sweden.

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Swedish politics: Rascism, Scandals and Piracy, Part 3: Piracy

by A swedish kind of death Sat Dec 2nd, 2006 at 04:23:21 AM EST

Earlier parts:
Swedish politics: Rascism, Scandals and Piracy (Part 1: Rascism)

Swedish politics: Rascism, Scandals and Piracy, Part 2: Scandals

Finally, the last installment of my election coverage in Swedens election (it was in september). I know that you have been eager for the Piratpartiets election analysis and future plans. Well, here it is:

From the diaries ~ whataboutbob

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Swedish politics: Rascism, Scandals and Piracy, Part 2: Scandals

by A swedish kind of death Sun Oct 15th, 2006 at 12:14:08 PM EST

As Laurent already has reported, the Swedish trade minister resigned yesterday. Things are coming to fruitation quicker then my reporting, but here is my longish version of what is going on.

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Swedish politics: Rascism, Scandals and Piracy

by A swedish kind of death Thu Oct 12th, 2006 at 07:29:46 PM EST

Figured a follow-up on the election, the new government and the Pirate party was in order. First the election and my first button-pusher:

With all the votes checked and doublechecked the big surprise is Sverigedemokraterna - a far-right rascist no-immigration party - almost entered the parliament. They stopped at 162 463 votes - 2,93 % (4 % being the threshold). They picked up seats in many local elections and in Karlskrona in southernmost Sweden they got 22,26 % and 12 seats (of 51). Their direct impact will be little however as all other parties refuses to cooperate with them.

So why the surge? Sweden is doing fine economically and they have not got any new charismatic leader (I would not be able to pick their leader out in a line-up). I think there is two main factors:

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Swedish election thread

by A swedish kind of death Sun Sep 17th, 2006 at 12:10:12 PM EST

Election day!
I figured I make a starter and then you can fill it in in the comments as results start to come in.

For background read someone's diary and the longish comments on this mornings open thread.

promoted from the diaries by poemless

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This summers incident at Forsmark

by A swedish kind of death Mon Sep 11th, 2006 at 07:30:26 PM EST

This summer - the 25th of July - there was an incident at the nuclear plant Forsmark in Sweden. Now the analysis performed by SKI - the swedish governmental agency in charge of nuclear safety - is nearly completed.

I just read an article on the incident by an journalist that has read the nuclear plants report with aid from the investigators. If you can read Swedish I suggest you read it yourself (open the flash graphics on the right), but for you who do not, here is a summary:

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***Meanwhile on the horn of Africa

by A swedish kind of death Sun Jul 23rd, 2006 at 09:31:55 AM EST

Today the Guardian reported that Ethiopean troops have entered Somalia.

In fact they have probably been there for a while but are now being reinforced with more troops and more heavy equipment. The New Zealand Herald estimates the Ethiopian forces in Somalia at about 5000 soldiers.

I will try to give a brief view of the political situation in this region, a region where only the big bursts of violence reach the western news. Feel free to add what I miss in the comments.

From the Frontpage

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Public participation in the EU

by A swedish kind of death Sat Jul 8th, 2006 at 10:32:54 AM EST

In a previous thread we yet again got into a discussion about the constitution. Let me first say that this diary is not about the constitution. If you must know I do not have a firm grip on the pros and cons of the constitution as public debate barely started in Swedn before it stopped. So I have no position.

This diary is about the public participation in the formation of the European unions treaties. And please leave the discussions of the illfated constitution by the door. You can pick it up on the way out.

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The Pirate Bay is back up and demonstrations in Sweden

by A swedish kind of death Sat Jun 3rd, 2006 at 07:23:28 PM EST

Today I went to a demonstration. But lets start in chronological order.

The Pirate Bay, closed by a police raid last wednesday is now back online. Their new logo features not only their famous pirateship but two cannonballs being fired at a Hollywood sign.

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Newsalert - The Pirate Bay has been raided by police

by A swedish kind of death Wed May 31st, 2006 at 03:27:05 PM EST

Today one of the worlds largest bittorrent trackers - The Pirate Bay - was raided by police, arrested and their computers and other equipment seized.

Report of the raid in english

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Update: Russian-swedish spy controversy

by A swedish kind of death Sat Apr 8th, 2006 at 08:12:17 AM EST

The russian citizen arrested in february for spying in Sweden has been released. The no longer suspect was working as a scientist at SLU (agricultural university) in Uppsala.

The prosecutor claims to be able to prove only that scientific results and information about individuals at SLU was handed over to the russian embassy, but not that this has caused any harm to neither national security nor any companies in Sweden. Thus there is no case.

I think I commented this as a probable case of incompetent security service in february. I stand by that.

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The Pirates of Sweden

by A swedish kind of death Tue Mar 7th, 2006 at 06:47:32 PM EST

As I wrote about in a comment a couple of weeks ago, the Pirate Party has been founded in Sweden in january and is running for seats in the swedish parliament. The election is on the third sunday of september. The Pirate Party started with the question of downloading (hence the name, the copyright lobby has succesfully coined the meme pirate-copying) and anger towards the EU data retention directive, which our justice minister has been a leading proponent of. There is a general feeling that governments and big corporation together are trying to control communications and culture. And in Sweden the government and the opposition are squibbling over the details of the surveilliance while passing the big things together.

The Pirate Party has a platform with the following questions:

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