Following election, Sweden joins Europe's move to right over migration backlash

Following election, Sweden joins Europe's move to right over migration backlash

Following election, Sweden joins Europe's move to right over migration backlash

The party, which has its roots in the white supremacist movement, said that it would not lend its support to any minority government unless it was able to influence it from the sidelines.

Ever since, however, the tide has turned again, and Europe's drift to the right, coupled with the ongoing demise of center-left parties, has continued. But thanks to the Sweden Democrats, it became a question that couldn't go unanswered, Johan Hassel, the Social Democrats' worldwide secretary, said after the vote. During this election, almost all of Sweden's major political parties-including the Social Democrats and the Moderates-agreed that Sweden should massively reduce migrant arrivals until a Europewide immigration and refugee policy could be reached.

Support for the far right in Sweden mirrors similar trends in other European nations following the mass migration of refugees to the region in 2015, at the height of the Syrian war.

Despite their successes, the Sweden Democrats remain an unlikely coalition partner for the other parties.

Traditionally Sweden have only had two blocs fighting for their right to govern.

Leaders in Brussels will be disappointed with the party's surge ahead of the European Parliament's elections in May next year, as they bid to discourage euroskepticism following the UK's decision to leave the EU, and as populist parties form alliances to shake up the EU establishment ahead of the vote.

"We are going to get a lot of influence on what will happen in Sweden in the next few years", Akesson added. Neither bloc wants to deal with the party.

Overseas votes will be counted on Wednesday.

Sweden faced political deadlock after the far-right made gains in legislative elections that left the question of who will form the next government up in the air on Monday, September 10. That might explain why the Sweden Democrats didn't perform as well as predicted. The Sweden Democrats made the most significant gains of any party in the Riksdag, Sweden's parliament, with 17.6 percent of the vote, but still finished in third place, behind the conservative Moderate Party and the socialist Social Democratic Party.

Many Swedes began to worry about an erosion of "humanitarian values" as the Sweden Democrat party rose in popularity.

The potentially promising prospects of the far-right Sweden Democrats had many other Swedes anxious about an erosion of the humanitarian values that have always been a foundation of the Scandinavian country's identity.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister and National Coalition Party leader Petteri Orpo tweeted that Sweden's election results seem to follow the current trend in Europe of party landscapes becoming increasingly fragmented. But the process could take weeks and possibly fail, with the Sweden Democrats vowing to sink any Cabinet that doesn't give them a say in policy.

The Election Authority said Monday it will perform another count of votes after Sunday's election, as is customary.

Lofven eventually said Sweden no longer could cope with the influx and immigration laws were tightened. The party had 113 seats after the 2014 elections.

At the Swedish Democrat's election eve rally Saturday, party leader Jimmie Akesson criticized Lofven's government for "prioritizing" the needs of new immigrants the ones of Swedish citizens.

The country now faces weeks of uncertainty as both blocs engage in frantic horse-trading to try to form the next government. If he loses that, the speaker of parliament presents a new candidate to become prime minister.

In an interview with AFP during the campaign, Akesson stressed he would "lay down his terms" after the election, citing immigration policy, crime-fighting and health care as priorities.

But it's also interesting to note that immigration may not have turned out to be quite such an important factor to voters than expected.

But, ultimately, the far right's gains have not been sufficient to put it in a position to push as hard as it might on its agenda.

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