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Was the red-green coalition a mistake?

Published onsdag 27 oktober 2010 kl 15.35
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Mona Sahlin, leader of the Social Democrats has to hold her own party together

One of the two big political blocs in Sweden is splitting up.

Different people are putting a different spin on the events, but what is clear is that the Green Party, the Left Party and the Social Democrat Party are no longer going to be putting forward common proposals on every issue - the shadow budget that they just published will be the swan-song.

Although the three parties will be meeting up every week, we're certainly in a changed political landscape.

Before yesterday the massive red-green bloc faced the slightly more massive centre-right block - the non-socialist parties often being called borgerliga, roughly translated into English as the political term bourgeois - and then there was the newly arrived Sweden democrats as the parliament's loose cannons.

Now the three centre-left parties are free to cooperate with the government on particular issues, which means the government is probably more secure in its minority position.

Robert Sundberg is an editorial writer from The Dala-Demokraten, a paper based in Dalarna, to the west of Stockholm. Like so many of Sweden's local papers, the Dala Demokraten was founded by socialist and trade union groups.

"It was expected, as the cooperation ws mainly to meet voters in the election, and when the parties didn't win, the cooperation was at an end."

"The red and green parties haven't had the same kind of history of working together as the bourgeois parties have ... Especially the social democratic voters weren't prepared for this kind of cooperation with the Left party and the Greens."

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