No tax cuts next year: Moderates

Sweden’s prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has ruled out further tax cuts in 2011 if his party is returned to power in September’s general election.

No tax cuts next year: Moderates

Speaking to reporters in Visby, Reinfeldt indicated that the government’s priority next year would be to bolster core welfare services.

“There won’t be any further tax cuts in 2011,” said the Prime Minister, whose party has pushed through a series of income tax cuts since coming into power in 2006.

“The most important thing now is to block any tax increases,” he added

Pensioners would be the only group exempted from the freeze on tax cuts, with Reinfeldt promising to deliver on earlier pledges to ease the tax burden for retirees.

As in the previous campaign, Reinfeldt accused the opposition of neglecting what he felt was the central election issue of job creation.

“For me this is a jobs election, founded on a basis of orderly public finances.”

The Prime Minister also rejected calls from Moderate Party members of the parliamentary defence committee for Sweden to join NATO.

“The issue is not currently on the agenda,” he said.

Reinfeldt is scheduled to give a speech in Visby later on Sunday. The Prime Minister is joined by the majority of Sweden’s political elite in the main town on the Baltic island of Gotland for the annual Almedalen Week gathering which began on Saturday.

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Swedish PM Löfven to skip Almedalen politics festival

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has again chosen not to attend the Almedalen political week this year.

Swedish PM Löfven to skip Almedalen politics festival
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at Almedalen in 2018. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

The PM told newspaper Aftonbladet that he would not take part in the event, which gathers political leaders and grass roots activists from across the country.

Taking place every July since 1968, Almedalen is a unique festival where political parties, businesses, media, and other organizations gather for a week of seminars and events.

“Almedalen has become too much the realm of lobbyists and business interests and not enough a place for popular movements and individual citizens,” Löfven said to the newspaper.

Instead of appearing at Almedalen, Löfven will embark on a tour of the country, as he did in 2017.

“I want to see all of our country and hear about the dreams, problems and challenges faced by different parts of the nation, and shape policy based on that,” he told Aftonbladet.

Social Democrat economic spokesperson Magdalena Andersson, the Minister for Finance, will take Löfven’s place on the stage at the week-long political festival.

Almedalen political week is scheduled to take place between June 30th and July 7th.

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