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Reinfeldt on the shadow spring budget

"They have taken their inspiration from us"

Published onsdag 2 maj 2012 kl 17.52
Prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who commented on the Social Democrats shadow spring budget on Wednesday. Photo: Jens L'Estrade/Scanpix

Commenting the Social Democrats shadow spring budget, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, of the centre-right Moderate Party, said: "The inspiration for the Social Democrats proposal comes from us. The Government has either already done what they propose or is about to do it."

According the the news agency TT, he is only really critical of one of the proposals in the shadow budget, and that is the idea to introduce a target for the employment level in the country.

"If you look at it historically, such targets have been used to hide unemployment. People are instead said to be ill, to make the statistics look better," Reinfeldt told TT.

He also addressed what he sees as a lack of unity in the red-green opposition. The Green Party has talked of having a target for the environmental policies, while the Left Party wants to abolish the target of a 1 per cent surplus in the public finances, and raising the inflation target from 2 to 3 per cent.

"The red-greens are a mess when it comes to the financial policies, we get three different answers," he told TT.

Reinfeldt also claimed this is a dangerous signal in a Europe where the debate over the past few years have centered on how these frameworks can be strengthened, not how they can be changed.

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