If you are not familiar, Sweden is one of the European nations that is scheduled for a national election this year, in early September, and of course, we are looking closely at Sweden as a possible major tipping point for the future of the European Union and the continuation of its immigration quotas as decreed from the Bullies in Brussels. Well, in the lead up to that election, a number of polls have come out that suggest a mass groundswell of support for the Eurosceptic, anti-mass immigration party known as the Sweden Democrats.
Up to this point, the Sweden Democrats have been polling around the 20 percent mark of support, which is pretty good for Swedish politics. No party gets an outright majority in Sweden, so the 20 percent mark is a top tier party. And the question on everyone’s mind is whether the Sweden Democrats would be able to break away and start hitting upwards of over 25 percent, that would signify a major surge of support and give them tons of leverage in the Swedish parliament.
If the latest Sentio poll is any indicator, not only have the Sweden Democrats begun to pull away from the other parties, they are now far and away becoming the largest single political party in the nation. They are polling now at over 26 percent of support, while the current Prime Minister’s Social Democrats have fallen to around 20 percent.
Until now, the Sweden Democrats were trailing the Social Democrats pretty consistently, and some polls continue to have them just behind by a couple of percentage points. Regardless of the variables behind these polls, the key here, and I think this is very important, is that the long-term trend regarding the level of support for the Sweden Democrats can only be described as increasing, and increasing at pretty stunning levels. When you consider the very low levels of support that the Sweden Democrats had in the 1980s and 1990s, they were by definition a fringe political group, barely getting over 2 or 3 percent support. When you consider that, literally there is no denying the fact that they have transformed, in less than a decade, into one of the most significant political forces in the Nordic nations.
If you are not familiar with the Sweden Democrats, they are the nationalist or what are often referred to as the ‘far-right’ party of Sweden. Sweden for many years, along with Finland, did not really have any viable nationalist right party. Denmark and Norway, the two other Nordic countries, did. Norway has long had what is called the FrP or Progress Party and Denmark has had the Danish People’s Party. Sweden was a thoroughly center-right/center-left political nation. That all changed in 2010, with the rise of the Sweden Democrats; they stormed into parliament with about six percent of the vote, winning 20 seats in parliament. They repeated their success again in 2014 by doubling their support with 13 percent of the vote. And of course, if these numbers hold, they will have double their support again, for a third election in a row, in 2018.
The key issue for the Sweden Democrats, as it is for all nationalist populist parties in Europe, is of course immigration. The nationalist right are responding to a significant insecurity that is being felt by populations all over the world that stems from porous borders that are themselves the result of globalization. Because globalization involves transnational institutions and policies, it tends to negate borders through 1) transnational political protocols, where political decisions are increasingly being made by unelected bureaucrats in far off cities like Brussels, or 2) through transnational corporations that eclipse local businesses and shops and replace them with consumerist-based lifestyle values, and of course, 3) through mass unfettered immigration, since globalism fosters the notion of world citizens as opposed to national citizenship, and therefore borders are in effect rendered meaningless. And so there is a significant sense of border insecurity arising throughout the populations of the various nations particularly in Europe, and the nationalist right, and in this case the Sweden Democrats, are making the resolution of such insecurities their number one priority. …………
This kind of insecurity was of course to be expected in Sweden, with the entry of 200,000 refugees into the country in just the past year alone, by virtue of Sweden’s asylum policy, and this on top of 100,000 refugees in 2014. Keep in mind that Sweden has a population of less than 10 million. Sweden has taken more refugees per capita than any other European nation. And so what you have is an otherwise peripheral far-right nationalist political party transforming into a thoroughly mainstream party in a matter of a few short years.
The Sweden Democrats are thoroughly populist; they speak the language of the people and are at war as it were with the globalist elite, they are characterized by a marked anti-establishment rhetoric; they’re strongly opposed to the European Union and are of course a nightmare for Brussels, which is doing everything it can to pressure the so-called mainstream parties in Sweden, the center-left and center-right parties, to ostracize the Sweden Democrats and refuse any kind of formal coalition with them.
But it is looking more and more like such a nationalist populist coalition is in fact inevitable; it is going to happen in Sweden eventually. Such coalitions have already happened in three of the four Nordic nations, in Finland, particularly with the True Finns, in Denmark, and in Norway, we’re seeing of course in Italy, between Five Star and the nationalist League, we’re seeing it in Austria with the alliance between the center-right People’s Party, the OVP, with the so-called far-right Freedom Party, the FPO, which as you know, have come together this past week to close down several mosques and expel dozens of radical imams from their nation.
However, this nationalist populist extension into the so-called mainstream parties in the form of wider coalitions nevertheless has yet to happen in Sweden. The Sweden Democrats are still largely ostracized as racist and xenophobic by the so-called mainstream parties, with significant pressure from Brussels to continue to marginalize them. As a result, Sweden had a disfunctional government since 2010; the Sweden Democrats have basically held the balance of power since then; just so you know, it is very, very rare that a political party wins an outright majority in Sweden; Sweden is a de facto coalition-based government, and so the Sweden Democrats have been able to effectively shutdown a lot of parliamentary votes, since nobody wants to work with them.
But more and more, members of parliament are coming to the conclusion that unless they begin working with the Sweden Democrats, they will have what is in effect a hung parliament, an unstable minority government for the foreseeable future. And THIS is why it is so important for the Sweden Democrats to continue to rise in support, as they are doing; as they are doing very, very well. They do not have to win outright, again, that is virtually impossible in Swedish parliamentary politics; all they have to do is continue to rise in support. And that rise will only serve to soften the supposed principled opposition of Sweden’s center-right parties when they realize that what is fast becoming the single most popular party in Sweden is the key to a stable majority government. It is already happened in the other Nordic countries, in Denmark, Norway, and Finland, and so it appears it really is only a matter of time before such a nationalist coalition government forms in Sweden as well.
And so, the astonishing rise of the Sweden Democrats continues; they are nothing short of one of the most significant political developments in Europe; and their future influence over Sweden appears all but certain; when it comes to the formation of a nationalist populist government in Sweden, the question is not IF, the question is only WHEN.
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