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Opinion: Why care about the Swedish government crisis?

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, right, with new minister Helene Fritzon and Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist at his government reshuffle. Photo: Erik Simander/TT

Published: 09.Aug.2017 17:32 hrs

Why the rest of the world should be keeping a closer eye on the political crisis unfolding in Sweden, according to this opinion piece by Dr Itay Lotem of the University of Westminster.

As news cycles get accustomed to reporting the steady flow of car-crash tweets from the White House or the daily trickle of Brexit-related revelations, it becomes all too easy to forget things happen elsewhere. This applies just as much – if not more – to a Swedish government that is in a state of near-limbo, awaiting a possible vote of no confidence after summer break.

Sweden, you said? That land of Ikea, Abba, welfare and stability, if not a kind of splendid boredom? Stereotypes aside, there is reason enough to care. While English-language coverage of the Swedish government crisis has been somewhat limited, this ongoing Nordic drama has something for everyone. More to the point, it contains a toxic mix that is highly relevant to political systems elsewhere in Europe.

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