Jimmie Åkesson, leader of the far-right Sweden Democrats.
Election 2010

Can Center-Left and Far-Right Agree?

Parliament's newest party, the far-right, anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats, continues to grab national headlines in the aftermath of this year's elections in Sweden. A tight vote meant that the party will hold the balance of power in the Riksdag.

The media speculates whether the party might be able to vote with the center-left Red-Green opposition parties on a number of issues. Swedish Radio news reports that, in prinicipal, they share common views on about a dozen matters. For example, both have called for reducing taxes for pensioners and phasing out Sweden's troops in Afghanistan.

Also, it looks like the Sweden Democrats will not be shut out of parliamentary committees – something that the press discussed earlier this week. The Social Democrats group leader in parliament told Swedish Radio news that they do not want to change the number of committee seats to keep out the other party. He said that it is an issue of democracy and respect for voters.

And finally, some of the candidates who had run as Sweden Democrats in the general elections are now jumping ship. News agency TT reports that one local candidate cited that he would "risk his family's security" if he went through with his plans to represent the party.

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