Sweden’s right-wing bloc ‘agreed on stricter migration policy’: report

The four parties backing Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson to become Sweden's next Prime Minister have already agreed on stricter migration and crime policies, a source has told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Sweden's right-wing bloc 'agreed on stricter migration policy': report
Liberal party leader Johan Pehrson is embraced by his party secretary Maria Nilsson at the end of the party's election vigil. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

According to the source, who the paper said “had insight into the negotiations to form a new government”, the four parties have also reached agreement on who should be voted in as speaker of the country’s parliament when the role goes up for a vote on Monday. 

“We are counting on all parties sticking to [the agreed] line,” the source told the newspaper. “Everything is being negotiated as one comprehensive solution, as a packet, and the role of speaker is part of that whole.” 

“We are agreed that we should have a stricter migration policy, and we are also agreed on having longer prison sentences for criminals,” the source added. 

The talks between Kristersson’s Moderate Party, the Sweden Democrats, the Christian Democrats, and the Liberal Party have been continuing for ten days, with most of the negotiations taking place at the Moderate Party’s premises, and precautions taken so that as little as possible leaks from the discussions. 

“We are not telling people where the negotiations are taking place, when they are taking place, or exactly who is involved,” the source told the newspaper. “This is about making sure that those sitting down and negotiating should be able to do it in peace.”  

The talks began on the Monday after the election with one-on-one meetings between Kristersson and the other three party leaders.

But according to the newspaper’s sources, the talks have since then been led by the party officials responsible for the various policy areas, with party leaders only becoming involved to resolve the most difficult issues that come up. 

According to the source, the talks are expected to take a few more weeks. 

“It could take a little bit of time,” the source said. “It might take a few weeks or so. But it will definitely not take 134 days.” 

Member comments

  1. Based on the experience of 2021 migrations law, how much time (minimun) it will take to pass another major migration law? I mean are there any bindings for the government to touch all the steps like inquiry, referal? Or can they just skip the processes in order to pass the law rapidly? I would be grateful if someone with knowledge can give a probable timeline of when the changes might take place. Its important for a inmate to know their date of execution!

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Sweden’s right-wing parties agree to bring back Norlén as Speaker 

The four parties backing Moderate leader Ulf Kristersson as prime minister on Sunday announced that they had agreed to keep the current Speaker, Andreas Norlén in place, when the role is put to a vote as parliament opens on Monday.

Sweden's right-wing parties agree to bring back Norlén as Speaker 

The parties won a three-seat majority over the bloc led by the incumbent Social Democrats in Sweden’s general election on September 11th, and are currently in the middle of negotiating how they will form Sweden’s next government. 

Sweden’s parliament meets at 11am for the official installation of the 349 MPs for this mandate period. The votes for the Speaker and three Deputy Speakers are the first item on the agenda, after which the parties each select their parliamentary leaders and then vote on who should chair each of the parliamentary committees. 

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In a joint press release announcing the decision, the parties also agreed that the Sweden Democrats would be given eight of the 16 chairmanships the bloc will have of parliamentary committees in the next parliament, and that MPs for all four parties would back Julia Kronlid, the Sweden Democrats’ Second Deputy Leader, as the second deputy Speaker, serving under Norlén. 

In the press release, the parties said that Norlén had over the last four years shown that he has “the necessary personal qualities and qualifications which the role requires”. 

The decision to retain Norlén, who presided over the 134 days of talks and parliamentary votes that led to the January Agreement in 2019, was praised by Social Democrat leader Magdalena Andersson. 

Norlén, she said in a statement, had “managed his responsibilities well over the past four years and been a good representative of Sweden’s Riksdag.” 

The decision to appoint Kronlid was opposed by both the Left Party and the Green Party, who said that she supported tightening abortion legislation, and did not believe in evolution.

The Green Party’s joint leader Märta Stenevi said that her party “did not have confidence in Julia Kronlid”, pointing to an interview she gave in 2014 when she said she did not believe that humans were descended from apes.

The party has proposed its finance spokesperson Janine Alm Ericson as a rival candidate. 

The Left Party said it was planning to vote for the Centre Party’s candidate for the post second deputy Speaker in the hope of blocking Kronlid as a candidate.