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Women Have Become More Left-Wing, Men More Right-Wing – Swedish Survey

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A survey by the SOM Institute at the University of Gothenburg has uncovered major differences in men’s and women’s political views.

According to the survey, men and women are increasingly at odds with one another on the traditional left-right political spectrum. While the women showed more sympathy for the Left Party, which was formerly known as the Communist party of Sweden and is currently the most left-wing party in the Swedish parliament, men sided with the Sweden Democrats, which, by contrast, is the only parliamentary anti-immigrant right-wing party.

To put things into perspective, following World War II, men were still more left-wing than women.

“We notice a large sex gap,” associate professor of political science Patrik Öhberg told the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. “The differences have grown most recently,” he added.

According to the study, men have a stronger interest in immigration policy, whereas women have a stronger interest in gender equality.

This tendency already manifested itself in the 2018 general election, which the Sweden Democrats would have won, had only men voted. By contrast, the Swedish women overwhelmingly supported left-of-the-centre parties, who would have won with a clear majority, had only women voted.

The results somewhat contradict the researchers’ expectations as the differences theoretically should straighten in a gender-equal country like Sweden; its society is often hailed for its strong individualist footing.

“There are several theories. One says that differences between women and men increase because women and men are fundamentally different, and the more greater freedom individuals get, the clearer the differences become. The second theory, on the contrary, says that the differences we see are based on gender roles, and as gender roles become less important, individual choices should be more central and thus differences between women and men should decrease”, Öhberg explained.

The study also noted a marked gap in the perception of gender equality between men and women. According to the study, 51 percent of the men and 67 percent of the women were in favour of increased gender equality, a gap that remain more or less intact since the 1990s.

Gender equality has become a hot issue in many debates, following the anti-harassment #MeToo campaign and the abortion debate. Patrik Öhberg argued that there is a risk that gender equality will become an increasingly polarising issue.

The SOM Institute has been surveying men’s and women’s attitudes and stances on various political issues since 1986.

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Erdogan says he will not declare ceasefire in northern Syria

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made it clear to U.S. President Donald Trump that Turkey will never declare a ceasefire in northern Syria and will not negotiate with Kurdish forces it is fighting in its offensive into the region.

Turkey forged ahead with its offensive against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria on Tuesday despite U.S. sanctions and calls for it to stop, while Syria’s Russia-backed army moved on the key city of Manbij that was abandoned by U.S. forces.

The YPG, the key component of the forces who fought Islamic State, is seen by Ankara as a terrorist group linked to Kurdish separatist insurgents in Turkey.

On Monday, Trump announced sanctions on Turkey to punish it for the offensive. On Tuesday, a senior U.S. official said Washington would threaten more sanctions to persuade Turkey to reach a ceasefire and halt its offensive.

However, speaking to reporters on a flight back from Baku, Erdogan said the offensive would continue until it reaches its aims, and added that he was not worried about sanctions.

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Woman killed in Russian apartment building blast

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A woman died and other young woman sustained injuries when a five-story building partially collapsed following an explosion in Russian village of Novonezhino.

Around 17 apartments were damaged when the ceiling slab, wall and the stair case of the building collapsed, Emergency Department said.

“The people were evacuated, 17 apartments were damaged. Seven elders have been transferred to temporary accommodation center,” the authorities said.

Rescue crews were searching for people who are believed to be trapped under the rubble. Rescuers were assisting the residents save their pets and belongings from the damaged apartments.

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Greek Church recognizes autonomy of Orthodox Church of Ukraine

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The leading figures of the Church of Greece decided at a meeting this weekend to recognize the autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), making it the first of the Eastern Orthodox churches to take such a step.

The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece recognized the autonomy of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in line with a request by the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios

The Orthodox Times says the Greeks’ formal recognition will take place October 19 in Thessaloniki, with Archbishop Ieronymos and the OCU’s Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine present.

The Patriarchate of Constantinople, generally considered the spiritual headquarters for Orthodoxy, granted the Orthodox Church of Ukraine independence in January in a move that was adamantly resisted by Moscow and the Russian Orthodox Church. The new Orthodox Church of Ukraine installed its first metropolitan, Epifaniy, at a ceremony in Kyiv on February 3 in a process that further established the new church body’s independence

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