Sweden's Social Democrats reclaim power, as far right gains



< A left-leaning coalition led by Sweden’s opposition Social Democrats defeated the incumbent centre-right government in Sunday’s general election, while the far right was headed for historic gains.

The election set the stage for a bid by the Social Democrats’ leader Stefan Loefven to form a coalition government with the Greens and the former communist Left Party. >


Sweden heads for minority left government, far right surges

< Sweden’s centre-left Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven emerged as victor in Sunday’s general election after a voter backlash against tax cuts and trimmed welfare by a centre-right government, but he fell short of a parliamentary majority.

The Nordic region’s biggest economy and one of the few star performers in Europe now faces a weak minority government with a possible political impasse as the anti-immigrant far right emerged as the third biggest party to hold the balance of power. >


I have no idea what this means, having no insight into Swedish politics.:shrug:


From the Y! article:

Lofven, a former welder and trade union negotiator, now faces hard and protracted negotiations to form a government.

I guess one could say the political waters in Sweden are muddied.

The far-right referenced in this thread thus far refers to hard skeptics of Sweden’s immigration policy, which frankly they need due to their low birth rate.

It is an undeniable fact that Sweden has had some major issues with crimes committed by immigrants, so it’s not surprising the the described far right party is gaining.

Also from the Y! article

Many Swedes are worried that reforms under Reinfeldt have gone too far, weakening healthcare, allowing business to profit from schools at the expense of results and dividing a nation that has prided itself on equality into haves and have-nots.

So some Swedes are concerned about cuts to entitlement programs as well.

So, as one can see, the waters are muddled, and in a parliamentary system, coalitions are important to have an effective governing structure because there are usually more than just two parties with noticeable influence.



Swedish Surprise

In the recent election the Right lost votes on immigration, but the Left fell short of a big comeback.

< Sweden’s three leading left-wing parties did win about 44 percent of the vote, outpolling the ruling conservative four-party coalition’s 39 percent. But the balance of power may rest in the hands of the nationalist, immigration hard-line Sweden Democrats, who won 13 percent — a full seven points higher than their 2010 showing. Swedish television reports that one out of three voters who backed the Sweden Democrats in this election voted for the Moderates, the largest conservative party, back in 2010. On the left, the new Feminist Initiative party stole votes from the left but ended up falling short of the 4 percent required to earn seats in parliament. The Green party actually lost seats.

When a Swedish coalition led by the Left is cobbled together, will the country once again become the classic cradle-to-grave welfare state that U.S. leftists used to swoon over? Hardly, and many of the free-market reforms Sweden pioneered in Europe are likely to stay.

Sweden has clearly changed in the last 20 years under the governance of parties of both the Left and the Right. In the 1990s, the public sector grabbed 68 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. Today it is on track to account for 50 percent of GDP, because economic growth has dramatically outstripped the growth of government spending, which has increased at an annual rate of only 1.9 percent over the last decade. Sweden scrapped inheritance taxes, wealth taxes, and most property taxes. It cut income taxes and corporate taxes, and, as a result, disposable income has risen by almost 20 percent in the last eight years of the ruling conservative coalition. >


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