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SD Party’s Controversial Proposals to Tighten EU Borders

Sweden’s SD Party Aims to Tighten EU Borders with Controversial Proposals

In a move that sparks debate about freedom of movement within the EU, the Sweden Democrats (SD) have unveiled their platform for the upcoming EU elections centered on restricting the free movement of individuals they deem to have “poor conduct.”

Under the proposed policy, individuals flagged for misconduct, including legal infractions or attention from national security agencies for subversive activities, could face bans from applying for visas to enter Sweden. SD’s lead candidate, Charlie Weimers, explained that these stringent measures are poised to bolster Sweden’s protection against smuggling, organized begging, and theft gangs.

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“We aim to ensure that prior lawbreakers do not just wander into Sweden,” stated Weimers, highlighting the party’s manifesto slogan, “My Europe builds walls.” This rhetoric showcases SD’s hardline stance on immigration and border control, reflecting broader European right-wing trends.

Apart from limiting movement, SD’s ambitious agenda includes overturning the EU’s financing ban on European border barriers and revamping the Schengen Agreement – a cornerstone of EU mobility. Weimers criticized the current system’s ineffectiveness, signaling a dire future for the Schengen zone without significant reforms.

Moreover, Weimers voiced strong opinions on the EU’s return directive, advocating for stricter regulations to enforce deportations more effectively. He criticized the current 30-day grace period for voluntary returns as too lenient, allowing many to evade repatriation.

However, it’s important to note that these proposals require more than EU Parliament’s endorsement. SD plans to sway the EU Commission to adopt these as a first-step strategy. Post-election, SD aspires to forge a new Tidö Agreement at the EU level with ECR and EPP, pushing not just for migration and crime-related policies but also challenging parts of the EU climate policy and promoting nuclear energy as a counterbalance to traditional renewables.

In addition to these platform points, SD targets a reduction in EU power, proposing a significant return of authority to national governments and restructuring EU climate commitments. Asylum processes may also see a revamp, with proposals for processing centers outside EU borders and limited obligations for member states to accept refugees.

As elections approach, these proposals from SD underscore a pivotal moment for EU discussions on migration, sovereignty, and environmental policy. With Europe at a crossroads, the outcome of these elections could very well dictate the pace and direction of the Union’s future policies. Always remember, the details and execution of these plans hinge on broader political support and practical implications, both within Sweden and across Europe.

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