Maria Wetterstrand. Photo: Adam Ihse /Scanpix.

Green Leader Not Given Copenhagen Ticket

Opposition leaders have protested against the Swedish Government for effectively stopping Green Party leader Maria Wetterstrand from taking part in the Copenhagen Climate Change talks.

The plan had originally been to send a larger than usual delegation to Copenhagen, with four MPs part of the team, one of those would have been Green Party leader Wetterstrand.

But the Government then changed its mind, deciding to stick to praxis, and to allow just two parliamentarians to come along, meaning Wetterstrand would have to stay in Stockholm.

"To demand that the opposition should make do with just one representative in one of the most important UN meetings of our time is unacceptable" opposition party leaders Mona Sahlin, Lars Ohly and Wetterstrand wrote.

In the letter the leaders also called for talks about who should be Sweden's next European Commissioner.

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