Coalition parties to plan common strategy
Almost exactly eight years after her predecessor invited the leaders of the other center-right parties to a meeting at her countryside home, Center leader Anni Lööf has issued a similar invitation.
Writing in Saturday’s issue of the newspaper Dagens Nyheter, conservative Moderate Prime Minster Fredrik Reinfeldt welcomes the opportunity for himself and his Liberal and Christian Democrat counterparts to meet at Annie Lööf’s home in the province of Småland.
With the coalition continuing to lag behind the center-left opposition in the polls, Reinfeldt wants the meeting to adopt a common platform and plan a joint campaign for the 2014 elections.
The four party “Alliance for Sweden” was formed at the rural home of then Center leader Maud Olofsson in 2004, launching a successful bid to break a century of nearly unbroken Social Democrat rule. The coalition narrowly won reelection in 2010, but has remained several points behind the opposition in recent polls.