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Reinfeldt and Olofsson back Green party talks

TT/The Local · 23 Oct 2009, 12:36

Published: 23 Oct 2009 12:36 GMT+02:00

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"We are not going to render ourselves dependent on the Sweden Democrats, it is a party which has strongly brutalized its 'us against them' thinking," Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said.

"It would be impossible to work with such a party," the Moderate party leader declared, echoing Liberal party leader Jan Björklund's statement on Friday.

Centre party leader Maud Olofsson also followed the Liberal party line in ruling out a cooperation with the Sweden Democrats, arguing that the most natural step would be to sound out the Green party over a cooperation.

"We will not make ourselves dependent on xenophobic forces. We have been very clear on that even if certain parties in the opposition and within the media have not grasped that," Olofsson said.

Green party spokesperson, Maria Wetterstrand, raised the prospect this week of cooperating with the centre-right Alliance parties in the case that the far-right Sweden Democrats managed to gather the four percent support required to claim parliamentary seats.

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"If we are bigger than the others, then it would be logical for the Centre party and Liberal party to open up for discussions with us," she told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Jan Björklund on Friday explained the choice of the Green party as a prospective government partner as being due to the fact that it "is not a socialist party."

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

20:49 October 23, 2009 by Rebel
Is there even a drop of testosterone in the body of Freddie Reinfeldt?
01:22 October 24, 2009 by Great Scott
Sounds like a typical tory party desperate to cling on to power whatever the cost. What is the result, good for the minority, devastating for the majority?
11:21 October 24, 2009 by Ben Wallis
Surely they have a democratic obligation to recognize another party if that party has enough votes to put them their in the first place. Kind of like totally ignoring what 4% of the population are saying. Surely the very essence of democracy is the idea of hearing all views. Whether or not you like all the views has really nothing to do with it.
14:24 October 24, 2009 by bocale1
@Ben Wallis, hearing all views is one point, governing with them is totally different matter and here we are not talking about prohibiting a representation for Sweden Democrats in the parliament, just not being forced to depend on them to manage the country policies.

@Great Scott, what is really annoying is the attitude of the Green Party that basically says that they want to govern whatever coalition will win. I can imaging Green electors, they vote for a centre-left coalition and they may see their votes used exactly for the opposite; I hope that people used to vote Green will think twice before giving their support to a party which miss any coherence in its view
16:28 October 24, 2009 by Rebel
bocale 1 what you are saying is that certain people, people who pay taxes, have no right to participate in the governing process? What kind of Marxist double-speak is that? Sure, these politicians can ignore a large segment of the population and shut them out through manipulation of their coalitions but it will undermine people's faith that Sweden is truly representative.

Maybe this is a good thing though -- people need to caste away their illusions of democracy.
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