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EU election 2009

Far Right Hope for a Euro Boost

Published måndag 5 januari 2009 kl 10.50
Sweden Demokrat members demonstrate in Gothenburg, November 2008

There’s EU elections in June, and many are worried that the far right will use them as a springboard to success in the national elections next year.

This is the first time that an EU election has been held in the year just before a general election.

Sören Holmberg, professor of Political Science at Gothenburg university says that the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrat party may become the most important factor in the upcoming EU election. And if they win one of Sweden’s 18 seats in the European Parliament they will be well placed for the 2010 election.

The far right may do unusually well in the European election because turnout rarely goes above 38 percent, just half of that found in national elections.

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