Göran Hägglund at en EU election rally on May 9

Christian Dems Want Euro Referendum

Göran Hägglund, leader of Sweden’s Christian Democrat Party, says the party now wants a new referendum on adopting the euro.

Hägglund says the party’s executive has decided a referendum on introducing the single currency should be held during the term of the next government, after the 2010 elections.

He says Sweden is losing political influence in the EU because it is outside the euro zone, and that Swedish companies also suffer because they are less competitive.

The Christian Democrats are one of the four parties in the Swedish center-right government, but are hovering in the polls around the threshold to be returned to parliament.

Swedes rejected adopting the single currency by a 14 percent margin in a referendum in 2003.

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