The Swedish way of politics has often been put forward as a role model for other countries. Almost everyone has heard about the Swedish model of fair wealth redistribution, proper budget policies, a welfare state with good benefits, and a large public sector.
The government collapsed after the far-right extremists of the Sweden Democrats party voted against their proposed budget, to make a point about their liberal immigration policies (Sweden has already offered permanent residence to all Syrian refugees, and has one of the highest rates of asylum applications in Europe).
Yup! And if that’s not a country-killer, I don’t know what is…
Löfven, a former union leader, shouldn’t be surprised that Sweden isn’t the same as it was just ten or twenty years ago. He knows the statistics. We have a large youth generation without proper jobs or housing.
Well, of course you do. You imported ‘em!
… in the end it’s up to Sweden to decide – does it want to become more European or not?
I’d say emphatically not, especially not if that means replicating the situation in Paris:
There has been a 91 per cent increase in the number of anti-Semitic attacks or threats in France this year. Most of the attacks have been attributed to the “new anti-Semitism” of Muslim and black youths, rather than the “old” anti-Semitism of the white far right.
Julien Dray, the Socialist – and Jewish – vice-president of the Ile de France (greater Paris) regional council, said: “The taboos have been broken. The kinds of things you would never have imagined 10 or 15 years ago are coming back. Stars of David scrawled on your letterbox. Insults and violent against anyone wearing a kippa in the street.”
Is it too late for Sweden? Rather ask, is it too late for us…