Mona Sahlin
Prime Minister's Speech

Opposition's Verdict: Wordy, but Without Substance

The red-green opposition found the prime minister's speech at the opening of parliament on Tuesday "wordy" but without substence when it comes to news and explanations how he will govern in minority.

"There was no hint of any interest in discussing with the opposition issues that are important to us," Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin told the news agency TT.

She was referring to taxes, nuclear power, troops in Afghanistan and the health insurance system. "He has said he wants to govern and we have said we are there if he wants to discuss, but there is no hint at all how this should happen or even if it is serious," Sahlin said.

Green Party leader Peter Eriksson found the speech was lacking when it came to what the government will do to battle unemployment and climate change. "We have a government in Sweden 2010 which can say that what they do on the climate is enough. That is very sad. If all the government's of the world said the same, we are heading for a disaster," Eriksson told TT.

Eriksson also commented on the fact that the opposition has not had any response to their opening for a co-operation on asylum and refugee policies. "Some kind of agreement is important in a situation when there are parties that want to ruin and reduce the extent of the refugee policies," Eriksson said.

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