Is Sweden seeing a new political bloc after Moderates and Sweden Democrats meet?

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This week saw the first official meeting between the leaders of the Moderate Party and the Sweden Democrats, a far cry from when the party first entered parliament and were universally shunned.

Ulf Kristersson, leader of the Moderates, the biggest party on the right, sat down with his Sweden Democrat counterpart, Jimmie Åkesson on Wednesday to discuss issues like crime, immigration and energy.

Nicholas Aylott, associate professor of political science at Södertörn University, says this meeting could have major implications for the next general election.

"It means there is the realistic prospect of two reasonably big parties and one small party campaigning, maybe not in a new alliance, but with the understanding that the first preference of each of those parties is to govern together after the next election," Aylott tells Radio Sweden.

Kristersson is the second party leader to meet with Åkesson, after the embargo was broken first by Ebba Busch Thor of the Christian Democrats this summer.