The TT news agency says the Greens will be prioritizing the EU parliamentary elections in one year’s time, partly as a launching pad for the Swedish national elections in September 2014, but also to keep the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats from becoming Sweden’s third largest party in Brussels.
The polls currently indicate the Greens are Sweden’s third largest party, behind the Social Democrats and the conservative Moderates. Both the center-right government and the opposition Social Democrats are seen by analysts as trying to woo the Greens into a coalition after the 2014 vote.
The Greens were part of an electoral alliance with the Social Democrats and Left parties before the 2008 elections.
According to a survey by the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet Friday, in the past three years the Greens have voted more often in parliament with the Social Democrats than with the government, although they have entered into an agreement with the government on immigration, to forestall the influence of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats.