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Green Party: No agreement with Reinfeldt

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 27 Sep 2010, 16:43

Published: 27 Sep 2010 16:43 GMT+02:00

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"There is no joint agreement with regards to any form of coalition with the Green Party," said spokesperson Peter Eriksson to journalists.

Eriksson, who was joined by co-spokesperson Maria Wetterstrand at the conference, confirmed that the party had met with Fredrik Reinfeldt to discuss the parliamentary situation, but said that they had not "negotiated."

Maria Wetterstrand observed that the Alliance party leaders appeared split on the issue over whether to invite the Green Party into a centre-right coalition.

"Reinfeldt wants to keep the Alliance coalition together at any price. There is thus no real opening to explore other, broader coalitions," Wetterstrand said.

Wetterstrand continue to express confidence that a broader agreement could be reached on civil rights, integration and asylum policy.

"We are prepared to enter some form of agreement on asylum, refugee, integration and civil rights policy. This we see as the most important issue to prevent the Sweden Democrats from making use of their position."

Wetterstrand underlined the importance of Sweden maintaining a humane asylum policy with equal rights for all regardless of origin.

"We see it as a core national interest for Sweden to be an open country and retain a voice in the world with regard to human rights," Wetterstrand said.

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The pair underlined that "as it stands now" the party supports the continued cooperation with the Social Democrats and the Left Party within the Red-Green coalition.

The Green Party spokespersons underlined that while there is no intention of acting as a "support party for the Alliance", the Greens intend to work constructively within the next parliament to find common ground based on the party's standpoints on individual issues.

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt stated his intention in his election victory speech on Sunday evening that he intends to carry on leading the government despite missing out on a Riksdag majority by two seats.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:52 September 27, 2010 by miss79
"Reinfeldt wants to keep the Alliance coalition together at any price"-YES he is hunger for power
19:03 September 27, 2010 by calebian22
All this maneuvering is for nothing. Ignore the Sweden Democrats now and in 2014 they will garner 15%. Nothing more fun to watch than know it all politicians squirming over uncomfortable issues that can be fixed with common sense.
19:09 September 27, 2010 by procrustes
Mr. Prime Minister Reinfeldt, trade B. Ask for a Green or SD minister and you'll achieve two wins: 1) you'll get the coalition you need and, 2) you'll lead Sweden out of Medieval social philosophy into the mainstream of Sweden.

Talk to young adults and you'll find out how out of touch you are with social trends. This is the value of teenage and older children, they infuriate us with their insistence to live according to social reality and by doing so we get our eyes opened.
20:50 September 27, 2010 by Rebel
Haha -- the jokers in both these coalitions make the likes of Harrye Reid and Joe Biden seem like utter geniuses.
21:33 September 27, 2010 by Birbun
Greens are like watermelons: green outside,but red inside.

Don't be fooled from environmental points, they're hard core socialists.

Time to form a minority gov fro the Alliance.
09:21 September 28, 2010 by flintis
Wetterstrand need to spend at night at Berns hotel, might put a smile on her face.

Miljöparty my arse, sossarna in disguise too cowardly to show their true colours
09:47 September 28, 2010 by RobinHood
This is a tough one. The Green's price for joining the Alliance, and countering the SD voting block seems to be an expansion of the very immigration policies that have made the SD such an attractive choice to many Swedes. The end result will be an even more popular SD.

Either all the parties are going to have to find a different way to counter the SD votes, or there wil have to be another election.
09:49 September 28, 2010 by Rishonim
@flintis, re-Wetterstrand, or at least lend her face for my proposed blow-up doll. She is one angry ugly ass broad with her own agenda.
11:14 September 28, 2010 by farnoxo
This is called "cutting off your nose to spite your face"!
12:38 September 28, 2010 by diegoveggie
the greens are showing their true color. now they open the doors to the SD losers to decide policy. excellent. these people are so power hungry that they cannot put aside their greed for the sake of the country.

and anyway, the lady from the green party seems an angry unhappy woman.
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