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Swedes tire of tax cuts as welfare state shows strains

By Daniel Dickson and Alistair Scrutton STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - To glimpse Swedish angst under its picture postcard prosperity, look no further than film director Lisa Ohlin, who has enjoyed years of tax cuts in an economy the envy of Europe. Homes in her Stockholm neighborhood cost around $1 million. But this leafy, well-heeled area is a microcosm of Sweden, where eyes are on a struggling school with strained finances, not enough teachers and poor results. Like many Swedes, Ohlin wants her cherished welfare state back.

Syria crisis looms over Obama's Sweden visit

US President Barack Obama arrived in Sweden Wednesday for a two-day visit likely to be dominated by the Syria crisis, as the host nation voiced opposition to military strikes against the Damascus regime. Obama stepped off Air Force One at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport fresh from efforts in Washington to secure bipartisan support for military action to punish President Bashar al-Assad for an alleged chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb last month.

Syria looms over Obama's Sweden visit

US President Barack Obama arrived in Sweden Wednesday for a two-day visit likely to revolve around Syria, despite the host nation's effort to draw attention to a broader agenda. Obama stepped off Air Force One at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport fresh from efforts in Washington to secure bipartisan support for military strikes against Syria to punish the regime for what the US says was the use of sarin gas on a Damascus suburb.

Syria crisis looms over Obama's Sweden visit

US President Barack Obama arrives in Sweden Wednesday for a two-day visit likely to revolve around Syria, despite the host nation's effort to draw attention to a broader agenda. Obama took off for Stockholm's Arlanda Airport fresh from efforts in Washington to secure bipartisan support for military strikes against Syria to punish the regime for what the US says was the use of sarin gas on a Damascus suburb.

Free trade, Arctic, Russia may top Obama's Nordic agenda

By Alistair Scrutton STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Sweden next week points up the role of a pro-free trade European ally on the edge of a rapidly changing Arctic in a region where Russia is seeking more influence. The first bilateral visit by a U.S. leader to Sweden may be overshadowed by the Syria crisis, but it is timely.

Obama to visit Sweden in early September: PM's office

US President Barack Obama will visit Sweden in early September, the Swedish prime minister's office announced on Wednesday. "On Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 September, US President Barack Obama will visit Sweden at the invitation of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. It will be the first time an incumbent US president pays a bilateral visit to Sweden," the office said in a statement.

John Kerry to discuss Syria in Stockholm

The Swedish government said Monday US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Stockholm on Tuesday to discuss issues including the situation in Syria and the stalled Middle East peace process. Kerry will meet his Swedish counterpart Carl Bildt and Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, the government said on its website. "Current foreign policy issues will be discussed at the meeting, including the worrying developments in Syria, possibilities to renew momentum in the Middle East peace process, and the international community's engagement in Afghanistan," it said.

Djurgardens manager resigns following supporter threats

By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Djurgardens manager Magnus Pehrsson has quit following threats from supporters, the Swedish top-flight club said in a statement on Friday. Swedish soccer has been plagued by violent incidents in recent years, and Pehrsson's decision prompted a news conference by Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt who stood on the Djurgarden terraces as a teenager.

Sweden's Bildt brushes off report he passed information to U.S

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was accused on Friday of passing secret information on government talks and nuclear policy to the United States in the 1970s - but he dismissed the report as "banal" and "hardly sensational". Newspaper Aftonbladet said documents from anti-secrecy website Wikileaks showed Bildt gave confidential details to a U.S. envoy about negotiations to form a coalition government in 1976.
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