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Sweden falls to the Nazis

by IdiotSavant Thu Sep 15th, 2022 at 12:59:25 AM EST

Swedes went to the polls over the weekend, and after a tight count, appear to have elected a Nazi-coalition government. The right-bloc has a three-seat majority, and the neo-Nazi Sweden Democrats are the largest party within that bloc. And to gain power of course the "moderate" centre-right parties are willing to snuggle up with them to form a government. Oh, they won't have them in Cabinet - that would be going too far (for the moment) - but they're willing to rely on their support, and pay whatever policy price is required to get it. Which means Sweden is going to become a lot more racist, to keep the rich rich.

Frontpaged - Bernard

How racist? Well, the SD campaigned on a "repatriation express", basicly advocating the ethnic cleansing of "non-European" immigrants to make Sweden white again. That's what the Moderates, Liberals, and Christian Democrats have signed up for. Not that the Social Democrats are blameless here - because when confronted with such explicit racism, they followed the path of other spineless centre-left parties (e.g. UK Labour) and tried to compete with it. Which is obviously a losing proposition - the Nazis will always be more racist, and trying to pander to them alienates your non-racist supporters.

Of course, it doesn't have to be this way - there are other coalition combinations possible which exclude the Nazis (though none without the Social Democrats). But that would require the centre-right to share power and moderate their policies leftwards rather than rightwards. And I guess they'd rather just be racist.

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'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 15th, 2022 at 06:40:39 AM EST
Swedish election: The astonishing rise of the right-wing Sweden Democrats

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Witnessed for over a decade now, the developments in Europe after 9/11 ...

Islamophobia >> Xenophobia >> Russophobia

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 15th, 2022 at 01:22:23 PM EST
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A new Swedish Identity? Bildt, Europe and neutrality in the post-Cold War era

At the turn of the 1990s, domestic and external changes would make a decisive impact on Swedish identity and neutrality. Carl Bildt's non-socialist coalition broke the hegemonic position of the Social Democratic Party, instigating a new approach to the Swedish Model, Europe, and neutrality. Bildt wanted to steer Sweden away from the past towards a European identity where neutrality had no place. An equally powerful challenge came from the external realm, where the collapse of bipolarity appeared to make neutrality obsolete. The meaning of security expanded beyond traditional definitions that focused on the state.

What Bildt was for Sweden, was Silorski for Poland?

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 15th, 2022 at 01:25:20 PM EST
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The Nordic Efforts Against Poverty and Injustice at a Crossroads | 2015 |

The Nordic countries are at a crossroads. A crossroads that is testing our global role, our leaders and our identity. Our choices will affect the lives of millions of people all over the world.

The Nordic countries have a unique role in the world in their efforts in peace, sustainable development and poverty alleviation. They are characterized by high levels of development aid in which poverty alleviation is the overall objective. In addition, Nordic politicians have invested time and resources in political processes where they don't necessarily have direct self interests: peace negotiations, UN Sustainable Development Goals and gender equality.

We call it The Nordic Exceptionalism. It's not exceptionalism as in smugness, it's exceptionalism as in idealism and will to make a change that can benefit the world's poor, and hence ourselves. The efforts against poverty and injustice are the Nordic countries' long term interests. It gives the Nordic governments credibility and authority in the international arena, and contributes to reduce poverty for millions of people.

The extreme global inequality, climate crisis and refugee crisis puts us to the test. The Norwegian and Swedish governments have proposed to let the world's poorest pay for the all-time-high refugee costs. The world's poor are already paying for efforts taken against climate change by the Nordic countries.

In Denmark and Finland, the governments have proposed dramatic cuts in the development aid budgets. What is left to finance the newly adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals? What is left to finance long term development efforts on Human Rights and sustainable development?

Smugness as Leftover of Nordic Exceptionalism?

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 15th, 2022 at 01:26:57 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 15th, 2022 at 06:47:13 AM EST
PM Magdalena Andersson concedes victory to right-wing opposition | DW News |

Leader of the nationalist Sweden Democrats, Jimmie Akesson, declared victory and pledged to "put Sweden first."

Coalition leader Ulf Kristersson of the conservative Moderates will become Prime Minister if the results are confirmed.

Far-right to be part of governing coalition

Never before have the Sweden Democrats, a party who relies on anti-immigration and nationalist rhetoric, been part of a government.

The party has so far won more than 20 percent of ballots, becoming the second-biggest party behind outgoing Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson's Social Democrats, which have dominated Swedish politics since the 1930s.

The Sweden Democrats are set to overtake the Moderates, having gained 20.6% of the vote compared to the coalition 19.1%.

What are the chances of forming a new minority government?

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'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 15th, 2022 at 06:48:14 AM EST
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What are the chances of forming a new minority government?

Very slim, unless the far-right - centre-right collaboration fails so spectacularly that the Liberals bolts to the left again.

The 2018 election results were in raw numbers was very similar to this one. To quote myself from January 2019:

For practical purposes the parliament can be divided in far right (Sweden Democrats, 62 seats), conservative parties (The Moderates, 70 seats, and the Christian Democrats 22 seats), the liberal parties (the Liberals, 20 seats, and the Centre, 31 seats) the cabinet parties (the Greens, 16 seats, and the Social Democrats, 100 seats) and finally the left (Left party, 28 seats).

What has happened since is that after the 2021 Midsummer crisis the Liberals has gone to the right instead. They are not very comfortable there, and the Sweden Democrats at one point did threaten to bloc a cabinet if the Liberals are in it (but then again the Sweden Democrats change there position easily whenever the leadership so desires).

In this election far right + conservatives + Liberals gained a total of two seats, for a 176-173 majority.

So if the Liberals gets dissatisfied with how much influence the Sweden Democrats gets, they can bolt and a new minority government on the left can be formed. But right now, that looks very unlikely.

by fjallstrom on Thu Sep 15th, 2022 at 08:50:20 AM EST
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Also the Sweden Democrats has won seats mainly from the conservative parties, after the conservative parties started leaning on their de facto support in parliament. Sleep with dogs, and so on.
by fjallstrom on Fri Sep 16th, 2022 at 07:44:30 AM EST
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To add to the choices being made by the centre-right:

This summer at the yearly Almedalsevent a mentally ill nazi straight up murdered an elderly female psychiatrist when she exited a seminar. It has since come to light that his main target was the youngish female leader of the Centre party (which has made deals to support the Social Democrats and made clear that she will not collaborate with the far right).

This August the left wing paper ETC ran a series of articles on the Sweden Democrats online hate mill, where they - party financed and to the tunes of far rights music - run hate campaigns with a bunch of phony accounts on social media. This was hardly a surprise for anyone who has visited social media in the last decade, but they had former insiders giving them the details.

If it had been a crazed commie aiming for the Christian Democrats leader this summer, and it had turned out that the left party had a basement division running hate campaigns online, every single interview with them or with any party that considered collaborating with the left would have been about their hate mill and how it kills people.

But in this case somehow it wasn't worth following up on from the larger media.

by fjallstrom on Thu Sep 15th, 2022 at 09:21:56 AM EST
Coming soon to a country close to me:

Italy's far-right Meloni tells Europe `fun is over'

Speaking at Milan's Piazza Duomo, the leader of the Brothers of Italy Giorgia Meloni, stated, "if I win, for Europe, the fun is over," and defended the principle of subsidiarity.

The leader of the Democratic Party (S&D), Enrico Letta's response was immediate: "It's a disturbing phrase [...] Should the centre-right govern, I fear it would be over for Italy."

Meloni (Brothers of Italy, ECR) is leading a right-wing coalition with Matteo Salvini's Lega (ID group in EU Parliament) and Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (European People's Party).

Her coalition is leading all polls against Enrico Letta's left-wing coalition led by the Democratic Party.

Because we have had so much fun in Europe lately...

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Sep 15th, 2022 at 10:54:45 AM EST
Where is the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo when you need her?

Solar IS Civil Defense
by gmoke on Thu Sep 15th, 2022 at 09:29:53 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 19th, 2022 at 09:27:48 AM EST
If you think the extreme right coming to power in Sweden is bad enough, wait until the same happens in one of the founding countries of the European Economic Community.

The polls close tonight at 23:00 in Italy, so the final results should be known tomorrow first thing.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 07:14:21 AM EST
Like John the Baptist a burning and a shining light, announcing the coming of the liberator.

Return of the ghost Berlusconi ... awaiting the return of the Savior.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 08:25:01 AM EST
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    Berlusconi sure is a world renowned expert on decency...

    by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Sep 26th, 2022 at 08:08:48 AM EST
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    How long before USA enters the theatre of conflict bearing
    (a) financial assistance and
    (b) boots on the ground?
    by Cat on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 12:27:13 PM EST
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