The news is just breaking that in the Swedish elections the social democrats headed by Mona Sahlin have continued the European trend and have suffered a bitter defeat. Even though the social democratic party still commands the largest share of the vote with 29.9%, it is nevertheless the worst result in almost a century and […]
The Swedish national election ended in precisely the kind of confusion that many feared it would: Neither of the two coalitions won a majority, and the populist anti-immigration party, Sverigedemokraterna, which all other parties have explicitly refused to cooperate with, made it into Parliament. Mehmet Güner Kaplan was the only ethnic Turkish candita who won his seat while two others Hasan Dölek (Socail Demokrat) and Sedat Doğru (Moderat Party) did not make it
Sweden’s far-right wins parliamentary seats for the first time, denying the governing centre-right alliance an overall majority.
Sveriges Radio International reports that the centre-right party of prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt gained a historic 30 per cent of the vote in the Swedish parliamentary election. However, the three other parties of the governing Alliance ? Liberals, Centre Party and Christian Democrats ? lost seats, so the preliminary results point to 172 seats out of 349, three less than an outright majority.
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt’s centre-right coalition won Sweden’s parliamentary elections on Sunday with just under 50 percent of the vote. With 5.7 percent the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats have entered parliament for the first time. The success of the right is due to the lack of debate over integration and could cripple the country politically, writes the press.
Reinfeldt is re-elected, but the Sweden Democrats grab 20 seats.
from EUobserver.com – Headline News
from Stephen Spillane
from Stephen Spillane
From a human rights perspective, Stijn Smet on the Strasbourg Observers describes the ?utterly unacceptable treatment of Roma by Sarkozy?s government?. The discriminatory practice violates both the freedom of movement within the EU and the prohibition of collective expulsions. The blog post links to the resolution by the European Parliament and the 5 August 2010 missive containing further instructions on the ?evacuation? of Roma camps.
?Out of sight, out of mind? is a very human reaction to the appearance of Roma beggars and camps. It would be easiest, if the sight would kindly evaporate. However, we have to realise that this is not going to happen. Thus, we have to expect more from our governments, at local, regional, national and European level – and from ourselves.
The coalition government of centre-right Conservatives and more centre-left Liberal Democrats that emerged from Britain?s general election on 6 May 2010 soon pledged itself both to severe cuts in public expenditure and a major review of the country?s defence posture. Now, four months after the election, both issues are colliding with a vengeance.
The French Nouvel Observateur published a wide European press review with, in the main, highly critical reactions to president Nicolas Sarkozy?s anti-Roma policies and EU summit outbursts.
The French ?Romagate? affair tells us more about the state of the European Union than the speech of Commission president José Manuel Barroso ever did.
On the French government website, the interior minister Brice Hortefeux, immigration and integration minister Eric Besson and EU minister Pierre Lellouche jointly reported on 30 August 2010 that 128 illicit camps had already been ?evacuated? since 28 July, out of the 300 targeted for three months.
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