Far-right shadow looming over Swedish EU presidency


              FILE - Party leader of the Sweden Democrats Jimmie Akesson gives a speech during the party's election watch at the Elite Hotel Marina Tower in Nacka, near Stockholm, Sweden, on Sept. 11, 2022. Sweden holds the powerful presidency of the European Union for the next six months, but there are concerns in the 27-nation bloc that the strong influence of the hard-line far right at home will hold them back. (Stefan Jerrevång/TT News Agency via AP, File)
            
              FILE -Sweden's Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, left, is greeted by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen prior to a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels, on Oct. 20, 2022. Sweden holds the powerful presidency of the European Union for the next six months, but there are concerns in the 27-nation bloc that the strong influence of the hard-line far right at home will hold them back. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)
            
              FILE - A local woman walks to the distribution point of humanitarian aid in front of housing which was damaged by Russian shelling in Kupiansk, Kharkiv region, Ukraine, on Dec. 28, 2022. Sweden holds the powerful presidency of the European Union for the next six months, but there are concerns in the 27-nation bloc that the strong influence of the hard-line far right at home will hold them back. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka, File)
            FILE - Sweden's Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, on Oct. 20, 2022. Sweden holds the powerful presidency of the European Union for the next six months, but there are concerns in the 27-nation bloc that the strong influence of the hard-line far right at home will hold them back. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)
Far-right shadow looming over Swedish EU presidency