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Innovation, digitalisation and asylum cooperation on the agenda as Löfven meets Merkel
Together with Germany's Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven received media representatives.
"I value your leadership. I value your friendship. Sweden and Germany have strong ties and we share the same values," began Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
Mr Löfven then talked about how deeply regrettable it is that the United States has decided to stop entry of people from seven countries. Mr Löfven said that this would increase tensions and suspicion and went on to stress that the EU has an important role to play in defending the equal worth and rights of all people.
"The Chancellor and I are agreed that we must work together for greater EU cooperation in these uncertain times. An EU that stands up for democratic values. An EU that is strong, cohesive and principled."
Chancellor Merkel stressed the importance of cooperation on digitalisation and innovation, and close relations between the countries around the Baltic Sea, which she chose to call the 'sea of freedom'.
Partnership on innovation
During the press conference, a 'partnership on innovation' was presented – a broad German-Swedish collaboration programme involving government agencies, the business sector and academia.
"The partnership will help us to address issues such as urbanisation, health and climate," stressed Mr Löfven, who said he was very enthusiastic about presenting the programme.
Common asylum system for the EU
Both Prime Minister Löfven and Chancellor Merkel spoke about the importance of negotiating common principles for asylum reception in the EU.
"We will work together for an EU reception system characterised by solidarity. We have great expectations of Malta's Presidency," said Chancellor Merkel.
Both heads of government also emphasised the importance of expanding cooperation with countries in North Africa.