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Time to accept EU membership: Left Party

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 27 Sep 2009, 08:44

Published: 27 Sep 2009 08:44 GMT+02:00

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Ohly argues that it is time for the Left Party to fall in line with its coalition partners, the Social Democrats and the Green Party, and accept Sweden's place in the European Union, according to an interview on Sveriges Radio's Ekot news programme on Saturday.

"The existence of the demand for withdrawal from the EU makes it easier for us to be pushed aside. Why retain...a line of policy that we can not anyway in practice demand?" Ohly said.

Ohly underlined that the Left Party has anyway long respected the referendum that was held on the issue before Sweden's entry into the EU in 1995.

He also added that there are some positive aspects of EU membership and that the union could be effective, for example, in the fight against climate change.

The Left Party, the last bastion of parliamentary opposition to the EU, are thus set to join the Green Party which removed a demand for Swedish withdrawal from the EU from its party platform in October 2008.

"It is sad and remarkable in view of the way the EU is currently heading," Lars Ohly said at the time.

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The new policy is not the only area where the Left Party has indicated a new flexible approach to negotiations with its coalition partners, with Ohly also telling Ekot that the party is prepared to accept some of the income tax cuts introduced by the current Alliance government.

"Yes that is the case. The shift is not just from the Left Party but also by the Left Party," Ohly explained to Ekot.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:42 September 27, 2009 by bettan1
Forget the EU, why not create a new country called "Dis-United Nations" ?
17:17 September 27, 2009 by RoyceD
you mean Europe?
17:36 September 27, 2009 by Nemesis
I am glad to see this pro-Europe move.

The arguements in Sweden against Europe come from US fundamentalists, Rome and communists.

A good example of the negativity towards Sweden is in the comments in the Local. Most come from Americans, little Englanders and other right wing people.

Europe is good for Sweden.

The only country that has been damaging Sweden in Europe, is Europe. The political leaders in Sweden are in a fantasy zone. Sweden is the one with a crazy immigration policy, not Europe, as it doesn't have one.
17:38 September 27, 2009 by goodbyeammar
this is a problem for the left in general, in sweden and in other countries. it losts its charisma and its attractive as it has become left by name only.

the too-much compromise policy if the left is terroble. we do not see any meaning for the left ideology because it has adopted gradually and since many years the right-wing ideoology.

many of the lefttist started to concept of so-called war on terror, the european union, the economical capitalist policies and other things. in the USA, many leftish figures supported the war on iraq.

they talk about justice and other propagandastic terms but they on the same still recognize the israeli occupation of palestine, go on line with the right-wing in adopting radical attitude towards iran.

in a short, there is nothing called left. the real leftish people are called now radicals. they are scattered and branded as controversials.
23:09 September 29, 2009 by Greg in Canada
EU is just one big unhappy dysfunctional family, but it's still probably the best solution.
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