Political Blocks Aren't Set in Stone

The winner of Sweden’s upcoming election will be one of two clearly-defined political alliances: the red-green block of the Social Democrats, the Green Party, and the Left Party, or the center-right block of the Moderates, the Liberals, the Center Party, and the Christian Democrats. But there is no guarantee that the political lines will be drawn the same way in coming elections, Swedish Radio News reports.

Social Democrat party leader Mona Sahlin is quick to emphasize that the red-green block is not a permanent establishment.

“A long-term cooperation is needed, but I still want to be sure to say that all things depend on election to election,” she said. “The parties that lose and win have to make their respective conclusions about the voters’ choice.”

The Social Democrats began collaborating with the Green Party in the fall of 2008, at which time it was said the alliance would last through 2020, despite election outcomes. But with the Left Party’s entrance in the block soon after, the Social Democrats and the Greens have become more hesitant to commit to long-term political cooperation.

Even Center Party leader Maud Olofsson, usually seen as the most loyal of the center-right alliance, doesn’t think that the block lines are set in stone.

“If it continues a long time, there’s risk that it’ll become a two-party system,” she told Swedish Radio News.