It is unusual for politicians to admit that a policy they believed in and helped implement was not just wrong, but actually did harm. It is even more unusual for them to make a very public apology. But this is what the Swedish Green Party did last month, on the policy of Free Schools. In a national newspaper the party said, "Forgive us, our policy led our schools astray".
Sweden's parliament has backed a proposal to introduce gender-neutral marriage, becoming the fifth European country to do so. The Church of Sweden will bless same-sex unions but not call them marriage.