Monday, September 22, 2014

Sweden: Budget Headache For New Coalition Partners

Via The Local:

The Social Democrats have been holding talks with the Green party to try and agree on a future coalition budget.

But questions remain over how they will work together on issues including defense and nuclear power.

The actual result of the Swedish elections were unfortunately that no coalition won the elections with 50% of the votes or more.

The most decent thing would be to declare new elections, because this present situation will cost too much for the people.

The politicians must have enough courage to go back to the people and ask it for a new and clear result.

In my opinion the Social Democrats made a mistake not inviting the Left Party to government.

But on the other side the Left Party can now press harder and independently for socialism, reforms, and progress.

Sweden clearly needs more centralization, socialism, and growth.

The poor are getting poorer and the homeless in Sweden are in a desperate situation.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ex-Prime Minister: Sweden Is Falling Apart

Via The Local:

Former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson has said that the election success of the Sweden Democrats is a "slap" in the face for the Stockholm establishment.

In an interview with Sveriges Television the retired politician said his own Social Democratic party and the Moderates are too similar, which he argued cost them votes at the polls.

"I think the success of the Sweden Democrats depends partly on the triangulation, the tendency not to take risks with policies, not to show the differences, which the Moderates introduced and the Social Democrats have also taken after. One lays so close to the other so that when one is angry and resigned there is nowhere else to protest", Persson told the Agenda program.

Persson, who was Prime Minister from 1996 to 2006, said the Sweden Democrats did well outside of the capital as they were able to tap into voters who were fed up with the established parties.

He added that in places where there is "poor mobile phone coverage" and "trains that don't run" that the nationalist party performed better.

"All of this has been expressed. Sweden is falling apart", he said.

Persson added; "Now we have a very clear warning, a real slap in the face for the Stockholm establishment in the form of these election results".

Meanwhile, the final turnout for the election has been revealed at 85.8 percent - an increase of 1.24 percent compared to 2010.

The figures are the highest for a Swedish general election since 1994.

Every election since 2002 has recorded an increase in the number of people voting.

Election experts at the University of Gothenburg said the debate surrounding immigration likely helped spike numbers this time round.

"A key to this is the conflict in the refugee/immigration question.

It has expanded in dimension and the Sweden Democrats have grown stronger and mobilised in every part of the country", Henrik Ekengren Oscarsson, a researcher at the university, told the TT news agency.

Ekengren that the support for Feminist Initiative (FI) in various parts of the country also played a part in the high turnout.

FI earned 3.1 percent of the vote, just short of the 4 percent threshold to earn a spot in parliament.

Outgoing Democracy Minister Birgitta Ohlsson said she welcomed the news of the increased turnout.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Swedish Airfares To Get Cheaper In 2015

Via The Local:

Sweden is set to buck the European trend of rising air prices with fares expected to drop next year according to a new report.

The Global Travel Price Outlook report carried out by travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has revealed that flights originating in Sweden will decrease by 0.4 percent.

Scandinavian neighbors Norway will also experience a saving to the tune of 0.3 percent.

The two countries are the only ones in the study where cheaper tickets were forecast for 2015.

By contrast, fares will rise by 2.5 percent in Germany and 1 percent in the UK.

Global air fares are anticipated to rise by 2.2 percent says the report.

The report also stated that hotel prices will increase in Sweden by 0.5 percent and globally by 3.6 percent.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Donald Duck And Zlatan Get Swedish Votes

Via The Local:

The Bilderberg Group, the Satanic Initiative, and Adolf Hitler all received votes in Sweden’s general election, according to a list released by the country’s electoral authority.

Swedish electoral law allows people unhappy with the choice on offer to write their own nominations for the country’s parliament on their ballot papers.

For many, it’s the chance to cock a snook at the system, but if someone eligible for parliament receives enough spontaneous votes, they could theoretically get a seat in parliament.

However, it’s unlikely that many of those receiving spontaneous votes in the election would have been able to play a significant role in Sweden’s legislature.

For instance the King, who received three votes, is constitutionally barred from being an MP.

"The king’s loyal testicle" (one vote) would presumably not qualify either.

Footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic was another popular choice - the "Zlatan Party" got six votes.

One of the traditional Swedish options for protest voters is the Donald Duck Party (Kalle Anka partiet), which this year won 73 votes.

Jesus won 11 votes, while one person voted for Judas.

Hitler and the Bilderberg group also got one vote each, while the Satanic Initiative were the choice of 64 people.

Others chose to make their message to the powers that be more direct.

One person wrote "I’ll vote when I find someone sensible".

Another voted for "Sara’s party for a nicer society without mudslinging", while someone else cast their ballot for "I believe more in Santa Claus".

None of the 1710 hand-written nominations received enough votes to enter parliament.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sweden’s Growth "Better Than Expected"

Via The Local:

Sweden’s gross domestic product grew 2.6 percent in the second quarter of 2014 compared to the same period a year earlier, with the economy performing much better than previously thought.

The second-quarter figures from Statistics Sweden (SCB) also showed GDP up 0.7 percent compared to the first quarter.

Sweden’s currency, the krona, took a small hit in the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s election.

Things look good but still it could be much better.

Sweden needs more growth. Much more growth.

The energy sector must perform better and the same is true for the agricultural sector.

The communications sector, the housing sector, and the health care sector must also become much better.

There is new ground to be broken in Sweden and much needs to be done indeed.

With a hung parliament now a reality in the largest Nordic economy, Swedes may be facing a breakdown in their nation’s budget process just three months from now, Bloomberg reports.

Sunday's general election ended without a majority for either side.

The Social Democrats, which won the most votes, will now try to form a government.

Without a majority, the new government will struggle to push through key pieces of legislation including defense spending, according to Martin Enlund, an analyst at Nordea Bank.

The legislative limbo is the worst possible outcome for Sweden’s currency, he said.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sweden Democrats Reject EU-Ukraine Pact

Via The Local:

The European Parliament has backed an 'historic' agreement to allow closer trade between the EU and Ukraine, but the nationalist Sweden Democrats were among those trying to block the deal on Tuesday.

The EU-Ukraine Association agreement, which was strongly criticized by Russia, is designed to deepen political and economic integration between the EU and Ukraine by allowing free trade across borders.

The aim of this free trade agreement is of course only to undermine Russia and to take over parts of the former Soviet Union to EU and NATO.

Sweden Democrat Peter Lundgren said: "Since we are a Eurosceptic party, we don't want to increase the European Union, because our citizens are paying for that without their direct permission".

"The European Union is aggravating an already sensitive situation", he added.

That might be the only point we leftists agree with the Sweden Democrats.

Both political parties want Sweden to leave the European Union.

However, I think personally that what Sweden best needs is a close military and political alliance and cooperation with Russia.