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Parties: June List

Published fredag 24 februari 2006 kl 12.09
Nils Lundgren

The June List (or Junilistan) was orginally organized as a cross party alliance of Euro sceptics to contest Sweden’s elections to the European Parliament in June 2004. 

Led by Social Democrat Nils Lundgren, the former chief economist of the banking group Nordea, it grew out of the Swedish referendum on adopting the euro in September 2003. While most of the Swedish political parties supported joining the single currency zone, the Swedish people voted overwhelmingly against the proposal, indicating that the parties had lost touch with the electorate.

In the elections to the European Parliament The June List picked up a surprising 14 percent of the vote (third highest in the election!), and three seats in Strasbourg.

Originally joining the eurosceptic Independence and Democracy group at the European Parliament, the June List has reportedly considered switching to a center-left group, because of dissatisfaction with the behavior of Italy’s Northern League and the UK Inpendence Party. However it remains in the Independence and Democracy group.

On October 4, 2005 the June List announced it would be standing in the 2006 Swedish parliamentary elections. While initial polls showed the party could meet the 4 percent threshhold for seats, recent surveys have indicated support of around 1.5 percent.

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