Taking Debate to the Sweden Democrats

A survey by Swedish Radio reveals that as this September’s elections approach, many of the established parties on the local level are changing tactics regarding the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrat Party. While in the past the other parties have tended to downplay the Sweden Democrats and ignore them, this time around many say they will debate them as they would any other party.

Swedish Radio put the question to leading representatives for all seven parliamentary parties in all of Sweden’s municipalities. Of more than 1000 who answered, nearly three-quarters said they intend to take on the Sweden Democrats directly.

Last time around, when a number of local politicians ignored them, the Sweden Democrats took seats on many city councils. Currently they are hovering in the polls just under the 4 percent threshold for representation in parliament.