Sweden

Letter from … Stockholm

Katrine Marçal  |  3 December 2014

Social democracy has not returned to Sweden. For something to come back it needs to have been gone in the first place. The most astounding thing about the election of Social Democratic prime minister Stefan Löfven in September was how quickly his predecessor, Fredrik Reinfeldt, was forgotten. Reinfeldt, the centre-right leader who had governed Sweden for …

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Going Swedish

Mary Honeyball MEP  |  7 March 2014

International Women’s Day this Saturday comes on the heels of a big few months in the battle to end the ‘oldest profession’. France, Ireland and Northern Ireland have made moves towards changing their prostitution laws in the last year. All three are looking to shift towards the Swedish model, whereby it is the buyer (invariably …

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Sweden was remade through reform

Jonathan Todd  |  28 March 2013

There are important lessons to take from Sweden. Ed Miliband must take the right ones, says Jonathan Todd Just as David Cameron jetted off to India during last month’s parliamentary recess, Ed Miliband was making his way to Sweden. The destinations were deliberately chosen: for each leader, each country represents something about where he sees …

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A modernising Moderate

Michael McTernan  |  28 March 2013

Why Sweden’s centre-right prime minister is proving hard to beat Fredrik Reinfeldt is one of Europe’s most successful politicians. Alongside Angela Merkel in Germany, he is among a very small band of incumbents who have been re-elected since the economic crisis began, beating the social democrats in 2006 and 2010 with a modern conservative appeal …

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Left out in the cold

Michael McTernan  |  28 March 2013

Scandinavian social democrats have not been immune to the woes of the European centre-left, reports Michael McTernan IT may come as a surprise to some that Scandinavia has not been a haven for social democracy at a time when Europe’s political map has been littered with centre-left casualties. Much like other parties on the European …

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Next top model

Katrine Marçal  |  27 March 2013

Ed Miliband’s ‘Borgen tour’ highlighted Labour’s interest in Scandinavia. But what does the famed ‘Nordic model’ actually mean? Katrine Kielos explains THE ‘Nordic model’ is a popular concept but also a disputed one. Is the success of the Nordic economies due to high taxes and universal benefits? Or is it due to school vouchers and …

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Northern lights

Ed Miliband MP  |  27 March 2013

It is the thriving private sector which should inspire us about Scandinavia, argues Ed Miliband LIKE many, I admire the achievements of social democracy in Scandinavia. For decades, the combination of strong social security programmes, a narrower gap between the very rich and the very poor, and a consistent commitment to women’s rights at work, …

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Mary, Mary?

The Insider  |  28 February 2013

A scandal can break a politician’s reputation. But in opposition a good scandal can be the making of them. So it has proved for shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh, whose performance on the ‘horsemeat’ scandal has strengthened her reputation as a reliable, effective, competent shadow minister, one of the emerging talents on the Labour frontbench …

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Letter from … Stockholm

Nick Pearce  |  28 November 2012

After a difficult decade, the Swedish social democrats have set clear priorities and are riding high in the polls, finds Nick Pearce For many years in Britain admiration for the ‘Swedish model’ was a preserve of the left. That started to change in 2006, when the centre-right Moderate party took power in Sweden under the …

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Waiting in the wings

Michael McTernan  |  27 November 2012

Across Europe, far-right actors and their anti-politics cousins are regrouping, writes Michael McTernan The eurozone crisis has prompted many dark predictions about the impending danger of populist far-right parties gaining significant footholds on Europe’s political map. At the same time, others have maintained that majorities of voters will opt for stability in straitened times, recognising …

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