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Social Democrats wrestle with tax policy

Published torsdag 22 augusti 2013 kl 16.41
"Of course we should have debate."
(3:26 min)

Sweden's Social Democrats, the largest opposition party here, is divided on tax policy, after party leader Stefan Löfven announced that the party would not reverse a planned tax cut by the current government if it wins next year's general election.

The decision has been criticised by several leading Social Democrat MPs and the head of the Social Democrat women's movement, all saying that a tax hike should not be ruled out.

Talking to Malin Hanson of the Social Democrat Youth Organisation, we asked whether the party saw a problem with the party leader's position.

"We have discussions going on in our party, but at the moment the most relevant question is [] what else can be done when it comes to tax policy."

While Hanson says that the issue is unlikely to damage the party in the longer term, she stresses the need for debate.

"I think he has the party with him, no matter what, but I think it's important we have a discussion on this."

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