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Moderate council strikes deal with Sweden Democrats

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08:52 CET+01:00
Members of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's Moderate Party in a town in southern Sweden have defied the party leadership to start cooperating with the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats.

Karlskrona council leader K-G Svensson, a Moderate, reached a deal last week with the Sweden Democrats' group leader Richard Jomshod, on education in the town.

The Moderate Party's policy is that its politicians should not cooperate with, negotiate with or become reliant on the Sweden Democrats, which have their roots in racist far-right movements.

Moderate officials in Stockholm were on Wednesday insisting that there was nothing they could do about the situation in Karlskrona.

"We should avoid doing deals with the Sweden Democrats, but local situations sometimes mean that you have to. There are no mechanisms for sanctions for people who break with the policy. It would be wrong to impose diktats centrally," said the party's head of communications, Pär Henriksson, to Blekinge Läns Tidning.

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