Sweden’s Instability Escalates Tensions for European Union

Last updated on December 29th, 2018

After distressing general elections of September and three months of hustle, Sweden is still under a political deadlock and is likely to enter the New Year without a government. Moreover, it is being anticipated that the country might also witness re-elections in 2019.

On December 14, the centre-left Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven was once again rejected by the parliament on his candidacy as the Prime Minister and the speaker. In the parliamentary vote, 200 MPs voted against him, 116 voted in favor and 28 refrained.

At present, the Scandinavian European Union member state is looking forward to resolve the political crisis in the New Year, after the MPs return from a three-week long Christmas break.

Parliament speaker Andreas Norlen informed that he would meet again with the party leaders on January 14, 2019. He said that a Prime Minister vote will be called for after two days.

It was announced if that attempt fails, then a final and fourth premier vote would be held on January 23, in a last effort to avert a call for new General Election.

Norlen said, “An extra election would be a big failure for Swedish politics. “There’s a risk that confidence in the system will be seriously damaged.”

Sweden has been without a government since the General Election on September 9, which gave neither centre-left nor the centre-right a majority. However, the balance of power was left with the Sweden Democrats — hard-right anti-immigration political party operating under populist newcomer Jimmie Åkesson.

Post the September voting, Löfven was voted out as prime minister after four years in office. Although he handed his resignation, he was asked to remain for supervising the administration of Sweden.

In a second parliamentary vote on November 14, the candidacy of Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson was also rejected.

The multiple efforts of the Sweden authorities to form a government have been going in vain. However, the country is keeping high hopes for the upcoming year.

Although Sweden is optimistic, it has just added to the existing political tensions of the European Union, which already has a surfeit of issues to be dealt with in the upcoming year, including the chaos of no-deal Brexit, and fighting fires in member countries Italy, Poland, Austria and Hungary.

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