The Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterna) Main Priority: Inclusion, closing the gap between the rich and the poor Prime Minister and Social Democrat party leader Stefan Löfven. Photo: Johan Nilsson / TT How they plan to do it: Jobs and welfare: Full-time contracts should be the norm and temporary job contracts the exception. Wants to earmark at least 20 billion kronor ($2.2 billion) to create "tens of thousands" of new jobs, improve conditions for start-up companies, improve funding for small- and midsized companies. Hike taxes on banks. Crack down on tax evaders. School and education: Nationalize the school system. Hire more teachers and teaching aides. Ban mobile phones in classrooms. Create 100,000 new places via adult education programme "Kunskapslyftet". Migration and integration: Retain existing restrictions on the number of asylum seekers Sweden accepts until the European Union agrees on a joint quota system that is perceived as "fair and proportionate". Ensure … [Read more...] about The Local’s guide to the Swedish parties’ election promises
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Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser Good Friday morning. DRIVING THE DAY FIELD DAY: Former Labour MP Frank Field will tour the broadcast studios this morning after dramatically quitting the party yesterday. The Birkenhead MP will spend the morning taking public aim at Jeremy Corbyn after reigniting the anti-Semitism row that has wrecked Labour’s summer. Field’s supporters insist he is a Labour stalwart acting out of principle; his opponents say he has jumped before he was pushed by his local party. But the big question in Westminster is whether this will prove to be a lone act or the trigger for a larger wave of Labour resignations. Final straw: Speaking to the Times this morning, Field says the angry interview on anti-Semitism given by former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks this week was the final straw that caused him to resign. “I thought when the chief rabbi made … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook: Field day — Long lunch in Brussels — Next week’s telly
Four in 10 Americans are struggling to pay for their basic needs such as groceries or housing, a problem even middle-class households confront, according to a new study from the Urban Institute. Despite the U.S. economy being near full employment, 39.4 percent of adults between 18 and 64 years old said they experienced at least one type of material hardship in 2017, according to the study, which surveyed more than 7,500 adults about whether they had trouble paying for housing, utilities, food or health care. The findings surprised researchers at the Urban Institute, who had expected to find high levels of hardship among poor Americans but hadn't predicted so many middle-class families would also struggle to meet their basic needs. That may illustrate that a middle-class income "is no guarantee" of protection from hardship, said Michael Karpman, research associate at the Urban Institute's health Policy Center and a co-author of the report. Against the backdrop of … [Read more...] about Almost half of Americans can’t pay for their basic needs
On a winter morning, Anna* walked the aisles of an herbal medicine store, picked up a bottle each of blue cohosh and black cohosh, along with a plastic bag of pennyroyal tea, and drove to the topless bar on the edge of town where she worked. There, she met Jules, another dancer. They performed on a small stage with crystal curtains, the green light of an ATM flashing on their left, until 9pm. The women, both in their 20s, then drove to the Motel 6 where Jules lived and entered her dim room on the second floor, which smelled of grape cigars. Anna pulled out the tinctures and tea and explained the plan. She was going to help Jules try to have an abortion. Anna had found the herbal recipe online. She’d read other tips as well: frequent hot baths, vigorous exercise, lots of gin. Women have relied on herbal abortion for thousands of years, and though specific regimens were hard to come by, anecdotal accounts littered the internet. Anna didn’t know how long it would take, so she … [Read more...] about Inside the secret network providing home abortions across the US
The Local speaks to headteachers who managed to improve their students' prospects. Photo: Hossein Salmanzadeh/TT In the latest article of The Local's Sweden in Focus series and as students across the country start a new academic year, we look at why the area you live in and the family you're born into affects your education more than ever in Sweden, and what's being done to tackle the problem. This feature is part of The Local's Sweden in Focus series, taking an in-depth look at the issues that make this country tick. Click here to read more articles. Each child in Sweden has the right to an equal education, the National Education Act states. But this is far from reality. The area where a child lives and the school they attend from the age of seven has an increasingly significant impact on their test results, the National Agency for Education (Skolverket) has warned. The idea that a child should be able have any future they want, regardless of their postcode or family … [Read more...] about What’s behind the rising inequality in Sweden’s schools, and can it be fixed?