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How the Far Right Conquered Sweden | Op-Ed by Die Zeit's Jochen Bittner, New York Times

... As we walk around, Mr. Abdirahman, who is single and childless, confesses: "When I came here in 1998, to me this place was paradise. Today, I wouldn't want my children to grow up here." ...

... the government, dominated by the traditionally strong Social Democrats and the centrist Moderate Party, did far too little. That left an opening for the Sweden Democrats, until recently a group relegated to the racist fringe of Swedish politics. ...

... Even if the Sweden Democrats win big on Sunday, the election might be a force for good. The Moderate Party, which is likely to take second place, might split over the question of whether to rule with them. And the Social Democrats, already under pressure to move to the left, might likewise fall apart. Sweden's party landscape, in other words, might be blown to pieces.

If the country is lucky, some parts from this explosion will bind together as a new force -- one that takes seriously the need for realism on immigration and integration, without falling for the siren song of right-wing populism.



Point n'est besoin d'espérer pour entreprendre, ni de réussir pour persévérer. - Charles le Téméraire
by marco on Fri Sep 7th, 2018 at 03:52:41 PM EST
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welcome back to digital print

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Sep 7th, 2018 at 04:55:56 PM EST
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That is one big pile of nonsense.

Murder rates are down, not up. Integration worked just fine until around 1990, when full employment policies were dropped, not that you would know it from this article and the neither the Moderates nor the Social Democrats are falling apart.

by fjallstrom on Fri Sep 7th, 2018 at 06:07:07 PM EST
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It's not reality that matters most, it's perception:

Ahead Of Elections, A Swedish City Reflects The Country's Ambivalence On Immigration | NPR

... While the rate of certain violent crimes is up in Malmö, the overall reported crime rate has gone down. Because Sweden does not keep records on the ethnicity of perpetrators, substantiating a link between immigrants and crime is a largely speculative exercise.

But political scientist Mikael Sundström from Lund University says that hardly matters.

"You don't need solid data to sell the idea, from the Sweden Democrats' point of view, that immigrants are linked to crime," he says. "You just need to make sure that it stays in the public mind that this or that crime was committed by an immigrant."

And in that, he says, they have succeeded. Polls suggest the Sweden Democrats, a party with roots in the neo-Nazi movement, could garner 20 percent of the vote this weekend, potentially becoming Sweden's second biggest party.

But hopefully you're right. Guess we'll find out on Sunday.

Point n'est besoin d'espérer pour entreprendre, ni de réussir pour persévérer. - Charles le Téméraire

by marco on Fri Sep 7th, 2018 at 07:09:11 PM EST
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