Far-right shadow looming over Swedish EU presidency

STOCKHOLM (AP) — There are concerns in the European Union that Sweden’s ambitions for its presidency of the Council of the European Union won’t materialize into concrete progress. That’s because of the strong domestic influence of a far-right Swedish party. Occupying the rotating 6-month presidency allows a member nation to help set the EU’s tone and the agenda. The task is crucial with the war in Ukraine still raging, migration issues putting several nations on edge and trade disputes creating a rift with Washington. However, the leverage and strong domestic influence of the far-right Sweden Democrats, Sweden’s second-biggest party, could make the job more difficult.