German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Stockholm in Tuesday for talks with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and to take part in some inspiring seminars on future innovative solutions.

The EU enlargement package was adopted by the EU Commission on 9 November. This week, the conclusions will be discussed and adopted at the General Affairs Council (GAC).

Apart from being among the fundamental human rights and liberties, the freedom of expression makes a criterion of respect for all other rights. We stand up for the law, despite being unprotected by the law nowadays.

In recent years we have observed an obvious change in the threats to press freedom. Previously this was seen as a black and white issue, and the assumption was that in a democratic state the media is free, while censorship prevails in authoritarian regimes and dictatorships where the media are directly controlled by the government.

The film #FreeTheSpeech is an integral part of the campaign ‘#FreeSpeechGreaterIdeas #DefendingFreeSpeech’ being run by the Ministry together with Swedish embassies. Throughout the year, events have been hosted by embassies in collaboration with different organisations to increase awareness about the benefits of freedom of expression and transparency.