Final EU Election Debates
With the Swedish elections to the European Parliament on Sunday, we’re seeing the final round of radio and TV debates, as well as the final polls.
The top candidates for each of the eight Swedish parties represented in the parliament debated on Swedish Television Thursday evening. The main issues that emerged were file-sharing and worker’s rights.
Social Democrat Marita Ulvskog repeated her deep concern over the EU directive that lets people from other EU countries work here for salaries less than those guaranteed under Swedish contracts. She calls it pay-dumping, and different pay for the same work, while conservative Moderate Gunnar Hökmark defended the current system for making it possible to work in other countries under secure and good conditions.
Liberal Marit Paulsen criticised legislation on file-sharing, saying you can’t outlaw new technology. The Center Party’s Lena Ek looked for a middle path between what she described as anarchy and dictatorship, which the Greens Carl Schylter took issue with, saying that downloading for personal use is not anarchy. (gw)