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Swedish parliament passes mini-budget after pensions compromise

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden’s parliament passed the government’s extra budget on Wednesday after weeks of disagreement over extra money for pensioners, paving the way for increased spending on the police, defence and additional aid to Ukraine. The minority Social Democrat government, which hopes to win a third successive term in power at a general election in September, was forced to vote against its own budget last week to avoid having to adopt the opposition’s finance bill. It then reintroduced interim spending plans, including around 4 billion Swedish crowns ($394 million) for pensioners a…

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