Swedish Politics this Week 3

The political events of Sweden have been well covered and there is not much left to say other than note that the Sweden Democrats are licking their wounds and a few of the other right-wing parties now in opposition are wondering about how to address the shock that the Block System has been dismantled.

The Swedish Right and Left have never experienced anything like this before when smaller parties from both sides of the politics joined to gather to form a coalition government.

The most pressing questions facing the new government will relate to housing, the labor markets and taxation. There will be no huge breakthroughs because cooperation between the parties in this new government will require a lot of discussions between them. It is expected to be rather tortuous art times but the Swedes have this pragmatic attitude to problem solving. In the end they can surprise in a positive manner. They have a long experience in talking more openly about challenges and problems and not trying to hide them under the table. The time taken for discussion can be long and circuitous but in the end they do arrive at some quite forward-looking solutions.

But not too much can be expected in the way of radical new policies. The rump of Swedish politics is actually neither on the far Right or the far Left, and is light years away from Socialism as it is from Nationalism. They, like the Finns, have a big open economy that depends heavily on exports, good education and balanced social welfare.

We can only hope that Sweden, along with the other Nordic States can bring peace to the Middle East through dialogue and not with more weapons, and crimes against humanity.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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