The far-right Sweden Democrats are topping the polls, and no wonderby Tatty Good / February 5, 2016 / Leave a comment
Sweden’s response to the European migrant crisis is facing a serious backlash. The Sweden Democrats, an openly anti-immigrant party, is now polling at 28.8 per cent—seven points ahead of the Social Democrat party, led by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
Immigration is the most hotly debated and divisive issue in Sweden at the moment, and the Sweden Democrats have benefitted. So emotive is the immigration question that elements in the conservative-leaning Moderate Party are beginning to contemplate cooperation. Although the majority of Sweden Democrats’ voters have defected from the Moderate Party, it doesn’t describe itself as either right or left wing and while its nationalist and socially conservative ideology are right-wing, their support for the welfare state is closer to the policies of the left-wing Social Democrats.
The Sweden Democrat party was officially founded in 1988, but first reached the four per cent necessary for parliamentary representation…