How Moroccan street boys changed Swedish foreign policy


Earlier this year, Sweden’s government announced it would not recognise Western Sahara as a country. The real reason for this decision may lie not in the deserts of West Africa, but with Moroccan children living on Stockholm’s streets. Both partners in the governing coalition – the Social Democrats and Greens – had urged recognition while in opposition. In 2012, the parties had together with the Left Party and the Sweden Democratsvoted through a bill in that direction.
What has caused this volte-face? Was it Morocco’s threat to stop the opening of an Ikea store and boycott Swedish products? Or Sweden’s candidacy to the UN Security Council, which made it wary of a row with a mighty Arab country?
Read more : EUObserver, 07.03.2016