New Swedish government advocates for greater defense spending
“Sweden’s national defense has been neglected for decades. What has happened is shameful. The budget allocated to the armed forces must reflect needs, operational realities and the requirement to replace outdated equipment. The goal should be to raise spending on defense to 2% of GDP, the recommended NATO level, inside 10 years,” stated the leader of the Moderates and somebody with a high likelihood of becoming the next prime minister of the country. All possible combinations of new governments following the recent parliamentary elections support increased defense spending, with all mainstream parties supporting the change. A resurgent Russia and a small, restrictive budget are driving the changes, which have also been seen elsewhere in Europe.