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Reinfeldt phones Sahlin to talk cooperation

TT/The Local · 28 Sep 2010, 13:30

Published: 28 Sep 2010 13:30 GMT+02:00

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According to Sahlin, Reinfledt told her he planned to forge ahead as leader of a minority government.

Sahlin added that the concrete issue on which the two discussed potential cooperation was refugee and asylum policy.

"It's appropriate for the democratic parties to hold discussions on these issues," Sahlin told the TT news agency.

She said that Reinfledt would get back to her with the outlines for a possible cooperation.

The Social Democratic leader, whose party is still reeling following a stinging election defeat, welcomed the approach from Reinfledt, viewing it as a sign that he wants to work toward to form a broad consensus on Sweden's asylum and refugee policies.

"It's an important signal to send, both internally in the Riksdag and outwardly to the Swedish people, that we aren’t going to put ourselves in a situation like the Danes did, where it was precisely in these questions which the xenophobic parties exerted their influence," said Sahlin.

She added that the Red-Green coalition plans to present a common budget proposal, but the matter has not yet been fully decided.

"We're holding talks now. My starting point is that it would be quite good to have a common proposal," Sahlin said.

Meanwhile, Green Party spokesman Peter Eriksson clarified that his party's plans for working with the centre-right Alliance government are limited to asylum and refugee policies and do not include the future of the Swedish military presence in Afghanistan.

According to Eriksson and Sahlin, the Red-Green opposition plans to present a common bill in the Riksdag concerning Swedish troops in Afghanistan which will be based on a Red-Green agreement that they want a troop withdrawal to commence in 2011.

Eriksson admitted that the proposal could cause problems for the government because the Sweden Democrats also want to wind down Sweden's military intervention in Afghanistan.

"But we can't give up on pushing our own policies simply because the Sweden Democrats want the same thing," said Eriksson.

The Centre Party was expected to release details on their views about the forming of a new government on Tuesday afternoon. Party leader Maud Olofsson said that she and the party are ready to give up the post of deputy prime minister, a post which Olofsson has had in addition to her responsibilities as enterprise minister.

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According to Olofsson, the Green Party's contacts with Reinfeldt about cooperating on refugee and asylum policies reveal how the party is thinking.

"They are obviously prepared to abandon the Red-Green coalition," said Olofsson.

Olofsson thinks it's now up to the Red-Green coalition and Mona Sahlin to determine what sort of influence the Sweden Democrats will have in the Riksdag.

"It's only if the Red-Greens strike an agreement [on the issue] that the Sweden Democrats will have an influence," Olofsson said.

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14:02 September 28, 2010 by miss79
desperate leader reinfeldt..mocking on Mona alot then ask her for help..crazy for power u are reinfeldt
15:43 September 28, 2010 by Syftfel
Were I Reinfeldt, I would not even give the slightest thought to cooperating with this woman. She has nothing but marxist orthodoxy on her mind, and any cooperation with her wouold inevitably metastazie into an ugly tax hiking tumor. We must ram a wooden stake through the heart of anything resembling socialism and rid Sweden of the vile, liberal, social dem poison. Send her and her LO auxiliaries packing and move forward to a new Swedish freedom and capitalism. Her ilk has cause enough destruction.
16:27 September 28, 2010 by Great Scott
So you know how much you can trust Reinfeldt now, all of any credibility he had has now diminished. Miss79 your statement "desperate" is an understatement. Surely the right wingers (Alliance & Sweden Democrats) should show solidarity and stand together.

Seems like Reinfeldt & Co are running around like headless chickens and remember the majority of Swedes did not vote for the Alliance.
18:08 September 28, 2010 by jbat
Man of peace meet Women of peace to discuss about how to avoid any POISON in the society... may GOD help both of these great person to meet the agreement between them :-)
18:27 September 28, 2010 by reason
Posters 1-3 seem to forget that Sweden needs a government. Reinfeldt is simply being pragmatic and pursuing the only viable option left after trying to bring the Greens on board failed. There's even less common ground with the other non-alliance parties in parliament, so the only option left is to form a minority government. A bad situation, but the people have spoken. And what the people said with a loud clear voice was: "I want this!" "No, I want that!" and "I like them both equally, so I'm going to vote for this third alternative I found in the gutter and hope it leaves parliament in shambles". And so we are left without any real direction.
20:28 September 28, 2010 by Mike #1986
Reinfeldt is just doing what any High profile Boss would do keeping his staff tight and close exactly like all great leaders .
21:04 September 28, 2010 by Iraniboy
hehe it's funny to see how SD supporters are angry!! You non-Sweden SD supporters should realize that for a right wing Swede it makes more sense to cooperate with the lefts than racists!
21:30 September 28, 2010 by Buccaneer
@Syftfel you sound like one of those TEA PARTY LOONS in the US, leave your Rebuplican talk in the South before you go abroad.

Sweden, you have made your bed, now sleep on it. I am enjoying every bit of this drama, however I have to commend these two party leaders for seeking to keep the SD from having any influence. You must reach a because Sweden is better than this.
01:29 September 29, 2010 by Larry Thrash
Syftfel, I agree totally with you. Government doesn't create anything, it can only confiscate what capitalist create.
05:37 September 29, 2010 by Bork
""It's an important signal to send, both internally in the Riksdag and outwardly to the Swedish people, that we aren't going to put ourselves in a situation like the Danes did, where it was precisely in these questions which the xenophobic parties exerted their influence," said Sahlin."

I wonder what they have in mind. I hope it's not to make it more difficult to change the current policy. I fear they are more interested in potential new voters whatever the cost is to Sweden, taxpayers, and those refugees/asylum seekers coming to Sweden who aren't fully aware of what they're walking into.
08:30 September 29, 2010 by izbz

The main purpose of having a minority party is to make sure that the government is on track. Not simply just adding any new laws or regulations as they wish. It is a wise thing for Reinfeldt to do.( I definately did not vote for him) Lots of you guys said that Sahlin is a Marxist, maybe you will be happy if Reinfeldt turn to Swe Dem for help. Or are you one of them????? Are you a rasist....very against women politician?

I would be happy if Swe Dem have a seat in the parliament......just sitting there for four damn years, with no say. I think a lot of tax payer wouldn't mind giving them a pay just to bloody keep their mouth shut since what was done cannot be undone.
08:50 September 29, 2010 by RobinHood
The party leaders each know they have a higher duty than to their own parties, and that is to ensure that Sweden is properly governed in a way that reflects the will of the people as they expressed it last week.

There are ways all the parties can cooperate to deny the SD their coveted role as king maker, and it's right that the major party leaders should talk to one another about what they can do to prevent that happening. It would be abhorrent if they didn't.

Each party will have to make sacrifices on a proportional basis, and any party that is seen by Swedes as taking advantage of this difficult situation will not do well next election.
12:58 September 29, 2010 by Audrian

You said "she has nothing but marxist orthodoxy on her mind." What do you mean by this?
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