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Swedish parliament votes in new constitution

The Local · 24 Nov 2010, 16:35

Published: 24 Nov 2010 16:35 GMT+01:00

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The new consititution was passed with the backing of seven parliamentary parties, with only the Sweden Democrats' 20 MPs voting against.

While the document contained many significant changes to Sweden's constitution, public debate on the document has remained conspicuously silent, explained by some as due to the broad parliamentary unity.

"I had obviously wished there was more debate," Per Bill, vice chairman of Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag's, Committee on the Constitution (Konstitutionsutskottet, KU), told newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) on Wednesday.

The two main parties behind the constitutional reforms that will come into effect on January 1st, 2011 were the Social Democrats and the ruling Moderates.

The amendments include forcing a prime minister to face a confidence vote within two weeks following an election and enshrining EU membership in the constitution.

It also strengthens judicial powers to make it easier to determine whether new laws contravene the constitution or the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

In addition, it has eased pushing through demands for municipal referendums and lowered the barrier for electing independent candidates into the Riksdag to 5 percent from 8 percent of the votes in a constituency, a measure that is expected to result in more independent MPs.

The new agreement follows several years of constitutional inquiry followed by two parliamentary decisions in the Riksdag separated by an election. The first came in the spring of this year.

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Future amendments will also require two parliamentary decisions with an election in between. The next parliamentary elections in Sweden are scheduled for September 14, 2014.

The Sweden Democrats refused to support the new constitution, critical that it makes it more difficult to leave the EU and disagreeing with calling Sweden a multicultural society.

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18:28 November 24, 2010 by rohermoker
As an Aameriician of Swedish Grand parents: You are better as Citizens of Sweden rather than Subjects of the EU. You dont want the French, and Germans telling You what is best for Sweden.
19:10 November 24, 2010 by lux.veritas
Very bad news for Swedes, very bad. Whom in the government are pushing for stronger Euro Totalitarian State ties? Who's backing them and what groups do they belong to? Will the Kronor be the next victim so the central-private owned banksters can rob the people even more?. It seems a loss of sovereignty and clearly treasonous against the people?

I haven't seen a news blitz on the new constitution before its release, somewhere it could be read. There was no referendum for the people. The government does't give a crap what the people want, beleive or need.

What is this government doing in our name? They certainly don't represent me or any Swedes I know. But then no government does, because it does not serve the people, it extorts under pain of force and panders to rich lobbies.

It is a recognisable slippery slope for north western countries, bigger government, bigger buerocracy, more security id measures, more taxes stolen for who knows who's pockets, but nothing against big crime or corruption of the banksters, corporations or self-styled sicopath elite.

"When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." - Thomas Jefferson.

"That which we create to serve ends enslaving us." - Stefan Molyneux.

"…people have become politically awakened… it was easier to control a million people than to kill them, now it is easier to kill a million people than control them." - Zbigniew Brzezinski. This is how the insane think.

"The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem." - Milton Friedman.

"The point to remember is that what the Government gives it must first take away." - John Caldwell.

"Governments need armies to protect them from their enslaved and oppressed subjects." - Tolstoy.

"Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed." - I. F. Stone.
19:57 November 24, 2010 by stateohio905
...and here is one more: "..a government is as good as people (deserve) elected it..." -
20:33 November 24, 2010 by zircon
Interesting angle pushing for change.
23:09 November 24, 2010 by millionmileman
Do not do. A Constitution is like traction control to prevent run-away insanity. The Democrats in the USA think it's a living, breathing object to be changed in order to pass an agenda. Sweden in spite of being a Socialist nation, has still a lot of freedoms. Do not loose them.
23:15 November 24, 2010 by mojofat
@lux.veritas You've made a coherent point...and I agree. While it's one thing to align with the EU politically/militarily, it's wholly another to integrate economically and given what I've seen transpire with Greece and Ireland, it seems better to stay with the SEK and have some measure of control over homeland economics. This mess in the EU has been caused, as you say, "banksters" robbing everyone blind.
03:05 November 25, 2010 by Larry Thrash
Sounds like the new Swedish Constitution gives all the rights of the Swedish nation to the EU. Sweden is no longer an free nation but a provence of the EU. I see the citizens of Sweden have not right to vote on this.
09:58 November 25, 2010 by miss79
@zircon, the swedes wants the change so this is wat they ask for..
10:19 November 25, 2010 by Great Scott
@rohermoker As an Aameriician of Swedish Grand parents: You are better as Citizens of Sweden rather than Subjects of the EU. You dont want the French, and Germans telling You what is best for Sweden.

Why, it's better than having the american's tell you what to do. If you dont like Europe buddy, then you know where home is.
10:58 November 25, 2010 by marianne667
Pox on EU and the new constitution.
12:24 November 25, 2010 by Borilla
As an American, I find the views expressed above to be quite in agreement with a (fortunately relatively small) segment of US society - that is the "survivalists" and neo-Nazis, among others. Swedes live in a free and economically successful country, with many benefits denied people living elsewhere. You who complain the most can think about the horrors of life in Sweden and the EU while waiting for excellent public health care, in a country that is not at war and which does not have unemployment rates at 10% or more. But of course, you are also free to have your views aren't you?
15:25 November 26, 2010 by facistland
Well, good luck with your new integration plans tofu brains!
15:26 November 26, 2010 by Ron Pavellas
Is there a link to the new constitution yet? I wonder if it will be available in English as well as Swedish, since we are now 'multicultural.' I say 'we' because I was able, happily, to augment my USA citizenship with a Swedish citizenship, but without yet having sufficient Swedish to understand a written constitution.

I will reserve judgment until I am able to understand it (the new constitution), but it is troublesome that there hasn't been considerable public debate, or at least exposure, on such an important move.

The EU is another matter.I shudder to think of a vast bureaucracy in another land, peopled with strangers and out of view of the general public (just as Washington, D.C. has become) issuing ukases based on who-knows-what authority and for what hidden purpose. The first rule of any publicly-funded bureaucracy is to live and expand as much as the tax base will allow, short of a revolt of those who pay for it.
16:40 November 26, 2010 by suckfist
Be sure to ask Angela Merkel how great multikulti is.
14:22 November 30, 2010 by rohermoker
@ Great Scott: I will not denie that the US ( we are not and do not represent all of the "americias"), has been there telling the rest of the world how to act, much as the swedes will tell americia, who and who to trade with, or wage war on-much like the winter war in finland while not lifting a finger to help Norway when the Germans were protecting the Norweigen Nuteraltiy (have a picture of a cousin of mine in Veit Nam with a Swedisk Mdl K submachine gun he captured from a North Vetimaniese who was no longer able to use it). Do not tie your soverenty, and constitution to the EU, or the UN for that matter.
17:12 November 30, 2010 by T Murphy
Ouch! Don't do it.

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