Saturday 17 March 2018

Far-Right power bid as Greens reject deal

Bruno Waterfield in Sweden

Sweden's Green MPs have told the prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt that they will not work with his conservative-liberal minority as politicians scramble to keep new far-Right MPs out of the government.

Sweden has become the third previously stable western European country since June to be without a governing majority after elections marked by the rise of far-Right, anti-immigrant or separatist parties.

The Greens, along with all other parties, have refused to cooperate with the far-Right Sweden Democrats, but threw Swedish politics further into disarray yesterday by refusing to work with Mr Reinfeldt too.

His alliance of conservative and liberal parties fell three seats short of a second term majority in Sunday's election to take 172 seats in the 349 member Swedish parliament.

In common with similar parties in the Netherlands, Austria and Denmark, Sweden Democrats campaigned on an anti-Islam and anti-immigrant platform to win 5.7 per cent of the vote. (©Daily Telegraph London).

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