SWEDEN: ROXETTE ONE DAY, ROCKETS THE NEXT – Things must be pretty bad if even Politico.eu take note:
Sweden may be known for its popular music, IKEA and a generous welfare state. It is also increasingly associated with a rising number of Islamic State recruits, bombings and hand grenade attacks.
In a period of two weeks earlier this year, five explosions took place in the country. It’s not unusual these days — Swedes have grown accustomed to headlines of violent crime, witness intimidation and gangland executions. In a country long renowned for its safety, voters cite “law and order” as the most important issue ahead of the general election in September.
The topic of crime is sensitive, however, and debate about the issue in the consensus-oriented Scandinavian society is restricted by taboos.
Is it really any wonder that the Poles are looking from down south across the Baltic Sea and thinking “no thanks, we’ll keep our immigration under control lest we become similarly culturally enriched”?