Sweden's Govt May Fall

Another repeat in European politics. Upstart right-wing party opposes immigration; party is shunned by mainstream, sending all anti-immigration voters into the upstart party.

Swedish government on brink of collapse
The anti-immigration Sweden Democrat party, which holds the balance of power in parliament, said on Tuesday it would support an alternative budget proposed by the centre-right Alliance opposition bloc, leaving the government isolated.

..."If the Alliance doesn't change its policies [on immigration], we would try to bring down a government of those parties too," he said.

Costs for asylum seekers including housing, language lessons and welfare allowances totalled 1.5 percent of the country's 2013 budget, with Sweden the biggest per-capita recipient of asylum seekers and refugees last year, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The Sweden Democrats doubled their support in the September election, taking 13 percent of the vote and becoming the third largest party in parliament.

Mainstream parties have shunned them, and the budget gives them a rare opportunity to show their political strength.

Sweden had an election three months ago: Sweden election: Social Democrats rule out far-right pact
The leader of Sweden's Social Democrats says he will try to form a government after their election win, but will not work with the far right.

Results show Stefan Lofven's opposition party is set to return to power, but with no clear parliamentary majority.

They give the centre-left bloc 43.7%, ahead of 39.3% for Fredrik Reinfeldt's centre-right ruling coalition. The far-right Sweden Democrats were at 13%.

Sweden cannot form a govt without the Sweden Democrats unless there's a grand right-left coalition. Given the current state of social mood (Social Mood in Europe Boiling), that isn't happening. Sweden's asylum days are numbered and may be over before the end of 2015.

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