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Sweden Democrats in nationalism ideology row

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Sweden Democrats in nationalism ideology row
12:10 CET+01:00
The Sweden Democrat Party began its second congress on Saturday debating a proposal for a new policy program. It proposes, among other things that name of the new ideology should be "social conservative" in a move to distance itself from the more nationalistic overtones of the current “democratic nationalist” line.

The proposal has caused a split in the ranks however, between the more traditional supporters of the nationalist ideology and those looking for a more moderate approach.

The politician behind the proposals Mattias Karlsson assured delegates that nationalism will always be a key starting point in any ideological discussions.

"This program strengthens our middle position in Swedish politics, said party leader Jimmie Åkesson.

The congress can either accept or reject the application in its entirety.

Meanwhile it has emerged that all employees of the Sweden Democrat Party could face fines of up to 100 000 kronor (or the equivalent of the "real damage") if they disclose "confidential information" about the party.

Defending the imposition of the gagging order, Party Secretary Björn Söder argues that it is in line with firms inside and outside politics.

“In all the companies I've worked at, they have a duty of confidentiality,” he told Expressen newspaper. However, with questions marks over what amounts to “confidential information” and ”real damage,” union leaders were quick to criticise the move.

“It creates a fear of being sued. We would advise everyone against signing such an agreement.” Martin Wästfelt, general counsel for the union Unionen, said to Expressen.

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