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Mona Sahlin

Social Democrats to Vote for Lisbon

Mona Sahlin, leader of Sweden’s opposition Social Democrats, has rejected attempts by EU opponents to postpone adoption of the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty.

The Swedish government has refused calls to hold a referendum on the controversial treaty, and it is scheduled to be voted on in parliament, where it is expected to pass easily.

A group of Social Democrat MPs have called on their party to oppose holding the parliamentary vote, at least until the issue of foreign companies here and Swedish union pay scales is resolved.

But after a special meeting of the party’s members of parliament Thursday, Mona Sahlin said the Social Democrats will be voting in favor of Lisbon. The Social Democrats are Sweden’s largest party.

The issue is sensitive for the Swedish government, as Sweden will be taking over the rotating EU presidency during the second half of next year.

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