Bildt and Svensson to EU Parliament
It’s been confirmed by the Swedish Election Authority that two candidates in the recent elections to the European parliament received enough personal votes to replace others higher on their party ballots.
Anna Maria Corazza Bildt will be one of the conservative Moderates’ four MEPs. The wife of Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, she originally came in third in a selection vote among party members, but was pushed much farther down the official ballot list by party officials.
The TT news agency points out that with her victory, there’s a decided Stockholm party dominance, as three of the four conservative Moderate MEPs live in the capital.
Former Christian Democrat leader Alf Svensson gathered enough personal votes to capture his party’s single seat in the European Parliament.
The new Swedish representatives in Brussels and Strasbourg are 10 woman and 8 men, with an average age of 51. Voter turnout was just over 45 percent, more than 7 points higher than in the last elections to the European Parliament.