Sweden's mess reveals Denmark's strength
The Local · 4 Dec 2014, 04:44
Published: 03 Dec 2014 16:44 GMT+01:00
Updated: 04 Dec 2014 04:44 GMT+01:00
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The government crisis in Sweden should be followed closely by those in the centre-left in Denmark who are tired of the Social Liberals (Radikale) being part of the Danish government coalition.
In Sweden, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, a Social Democrat like Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt, presented a budget that was praised to the heavens by the Danish left wing because it was so progressive.
There is just one – huge – problem.
The Swedish government, which consists of the Social Democrats and the Green Party (Miljöpartiet), cannot muster a majority on the left alone.
Just as in Denmark, at least one conservative party needs to go along in order to create a majority.
Those on the centre-left can have big dreams, but they mean nothing without a majority that will get the policies through parliament. That's the case whether you are in Copenhagen or Stockholm.
Löfven appears to have forgotten that reality – in sharp contrast to Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who for three years now has manoeuvred through parliament with the vital support of a party to her right.
David Trads is a journalist and political commentator. He is the former editor-in-chief of Information and Nyhedsavisen and has been a foreign correspondent in Moscow and Washington.