Scandinavian populism. Has Sweden had a narrow escape from a disaster at its recent parliamentary elections?
Not only in Russia was September 9th a single voting day: Swedish voters also went to the polling stations on that day to exercise their right to vote in general national elections with over 20% supporting Swedish Democrats, populist anti-immigrant party. Since experts expected the ultra right to fare even better, the results of recent elections are perceived as a victory of progressive forces. However, loss of majority in Rigsdag by socialists brings new political risks related either to minority government or grand political coalition. In both scenarios the new cabinet is unlikely to resolve all problems, which fuel popularity of the ultra right forces in Sweden, namely unemployment and difficulty of integrating 1st generation migrants in society.