Justice Issues Hardest Nut for Opposition

Questions regarding law and order will be among the trickiest for a red green coalition to agree upon, according to a survey by the news agency TT. Over the last term in parliament, the three opposition parties have consistently voted different from each other in parliament, on issues relating to surveillance, policing methods and international police cooperation.

Generally, the Greens and the Left Party are more critical regarding increased surveillance and control, while the Social Democrats want to improve the chances for the police to fight crime. This difference can be seen for example when it comes to the vote in May, when the parliament will be asked to extend the law which regulates bugging with hidden microphones. The Greens and the Left party are expected to vote no then.

According to the news agency TT, the difference between the Social Democrats on the one hand, and the Left and the Greens on the other, is particularly prominent when it comes to police co-operation within the EU and to the international fight against terrorism.

So far, the three parties, which hope to overthrow the current Centre Right Government in this September's election, has no joint working group for justice and home affairs. The home affairs spokes person for the Green party, Mehmet Kaplan, told TT that the three parties will start looking at the different stumbling blocks after they have launched their joint budget platform in the beginning of May.

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