Löfven’s US visit

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (S) began his visit to the United States on Monday, when he took the podium at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York City, where he spoke about workers’ rights. SvD reports Löfven emphasised the right to organise, negotiate, and be able to go on strike everywhere. During his 48-hour visit, the Prime Minister will also meet with American Vice President Joe Biden in the White House. “They will consolidate possibilities to cooperate in climate and energy questions, economy, trade, and equality”, Löfven’s press secretary Anne Ekberg told Dagens Nyheter. They will also discuss Ukraine, Russia, and Syria as well as the proposed free trade agreement TTIP, reports DN. Saudi Arabia may also be on the agenda, not only due to Sweden’s recent diplomatic row with the country, but also because of the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen which the US supports. Löfven’s US trip coincides with an escalation of Sweden’s campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council. But in an interview with Dagens Nyheter, the Prime Minister was keen to downplay what he said called the “misconception” that the Security Council has become a major issue for the government: “It is not, it is a tool, a means. Our goal in security policy are the traditional issues, peace, disarmament, how do we deal with risks, Ebola, new conflicts within countries, extremism, terrorism.”