New Far Right Role Sets Stage For Close Sweden Vote


Barron’s – Sept 06 2022

By Marc PREEL, with the AFP bureau in Stockholm

Sweden’s right hopes to wrest power from the ruling Social Democrats in Sunday’s general election, relying for the first time on far-right support in what is expected to be a tight race.

The anti-immigration and nationalist Sweden Democrats have long been treated as pariahs on the Scandinavian country’s political scene.

But opinion polls suggest they will surge to become the second-biggest party in parliament — and one whose backing is essential if the right wants to form a government.

Sweden, currently in the delicate process of joining NATO, has since 2014 been governed by the Social Democrats which have dominated Swedish politics since the 1930s.

Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, who took over the post just nine months ago, enjoys strong support among voters.

Some 55 percent want her to remain in her post, compared to 32…

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