• Sweden edition
 
Social Democrats open to Centre-Liberal coaction
Maud Olofsson of the Centre Party and Jan Björklund of the Liberals.

Social Democrats open to Centre-Liberal coaction

Published: 20 Aug 2011 12:43 GMT+02:00
Updated: 20 Aug 2011 12:43 GMT+02:00

The Social Democrats said Saturday that they are opening up for future collaboration with the Liberals and the Centre Party before the election in 2014.

“That we would join forces with the Moderates in a government coalition would be inconceivable, but I see possibility for collaboration between us and the Centre or the Liberals,” said Carin Jämtin, Social Democratic party secretary to daily Expressen.

She can also see a closer cooperation between the Social Democrats and all other government parties except the Sweden Democrats.

Spokespeople for the Greens, Åsa Romson and Gustav Fridolin, wrote in a opinion piece on Saturday that the party will open up for closer collaboration with the centre-right government parties within three areas; infrastructure, housing and education.

“The Greens will never be a fifth alliance party but a constructive opposition is always ready to find ways to seek broad agreements where that is possible and necessary,” they wrote in DN.

Prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Saturday commented on closer collaboration within and over block borders.

“Our first task is to come together within the alliance government. Then I welcome anyone who wants closer cooperation in Sweden, provided they make clear their intentions,” Reinfeldt said during a press conference prior to his summer speech on Saturday.

On Friday Expressen presented figures showing that six in ten Social Democrat MPs across the country were against a continued cooperation between their party, the Left Party and the Greens.

Only 18 percent of the 1,000 MPs asked were in favour of a continued red-green coalition in the election 2012.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

00:26 August 21, 2011 by Cornelius Hamelberg
With what looks like the beginning of a global recession, naturally, everybody's worried.

As far as the economy is concerned it might be some difficult days ahead, although so far Mr. Borg has kept us head and shoulders above the rest of Europe.

If there are difficult days ahead, demanding some austerity measures, then there will be a greater need for co-operation across party blocks.....perhaps even a national unity government, the greens, the reds the blues , beautiful watercolours, mix 'em all together.....

Will have to wait to read the print edition of the JP to get to the bottom of this daunting headline:

"Welfare states and socialism are about as dead as Elvis".

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&xhr=t&q=Welfare+states+and+socialism+are+about+as+dead+as+Elvis&cp=55&pf=p&sclient=psy&site=&source=hp&aq=f&aqi=&oq=Welfare+states+and+socialism+are+about+as+dead+as+Elvis&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1280&bih=814&wrapid=tljp131387854310900
Today's headlines
'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'
Fredrik Reinfeldt. File photo: TT

'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday urged young voters to head to the European parliamentary polls on May 25th "to cure the European disease of nationalism". READ () »

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg at the first quarter press conference. Photo: TT

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson on Wednesday announced a drop in sales but posted a sharp rise in first-quarter profit, which nonetheless fell shy of analyst predictions. READ () »

Fatal Norrköping brawl
Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals

Swedish police fear that several people involved in a brawl in eastern Sweden on Monday night may be seeking revenge after two brothers were shot dead. READ () »

Sponsored Article
Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden
The town of Västervik.

Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden

Ask a Swede, and they are likely to say that their favourite holiday spot is in the southeast of Sweden. Eastern Småland and Öland offer a smörgåsbord of all the things dearest to the Swedes - from the beloved children's book author Astrid Lindgren to deep forests, long sandy beaches, perfect spots for that all-important 'fika', and a surprising amount of space, peace and quiet. READ () »

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth
Swedes enjoy hot dogs and cherry blossoms in Stockholm's Kungsträdgården. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth

The sun is set to stick around and temperatures could climb into the twenties over the weekend, Swedish meteorologists said on Wednesday READ () »

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
Erik the Holy's skull and the crown, believed to be Sweden's oldest. Photo: Bertil Enevåg Ericson/TT

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king

King Erik the Holy died 854 years ago, but scientists have just unveiled his skull at Uppsala Cathedral. READ () »

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

A 21-year-old man confessed on Wednesday to sex crimes against eight children at a day care where he was working as an intern. READ () »

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles
An unrelated bodybuilder. File photo: Ann Törnkvist

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles

Police in Sweden's south who hauled a muscular man in for steroid testing have had their knuckles rapped, after it was ruled that big biceps cannot be grounds for narcotics suspicions. READ () »

Swedish girls report more eating problems
Teen girls. File photo: Chloe Chaplin/Flickr

Swedish girls report more eating problems

A youth wellbeing report from Save the Children found that more teenage girls than in previous surveys reported having an eating disorder. READ () »

'Zlatan will be back for finals': PSG coach
Photo: AP

'Zlatan will be back for finals': PSG coach

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc said on Tuesday that he believed Swedish goal machine Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play again before the end of the season. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Features
Sponsored: South-eastern Sweden offers Öland beaches and more
Gallery
Swedish underwear shop puts staff in front of the camera
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The Local's Property of the Week - Täby
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - India Unlimited
Features
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - A film, food, and finance feast
National
University applications rocket to record high
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 18-20
TT
Society
Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
Shutterstock
National
Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Advertisement:
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
TT
Politics
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

712
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com