Government Backs Down on Alcohol Tax Pledge

The Swedish government is backing down on its promise to lower the tax on alcohol during its term of office and is setting aside efforts to push changes through before September’s general election.

The government says it cannot solve the issue of alcohol taxes with the non-Socialist parties without destroying the budget agreement with the Left and Environmental parties.

The government appointed reviewer of the country’s alcohol policy, Kent Härstedt says the decision is regrettable.

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