Sweden’s Gov’t Near Collapse, From BBC

Sweden government close to collapse

Swedish PM Stefan Lofven (2 Dec)Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said snap elections were a real possibility

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Sweden’s left-of-centre government is facing defeat in a budget vote that could prompt snap elections less than three months after it came to power.

Social Democrat Prime Minister Stefan Lofven wants to increase taxes and raise spending on welfare and jobs.

But he has failed to reach a deal with the centre-right opposition, and the far-right Sweden Democrats have said they will block the budget.

The Sweden Democrats emerged as power broker after September’s elections.

They became the country’s third largest party with 13% of the vote and are demanding a reversal in Sweden’s liberal immigration laws, which party spokesman Mattias Karlsson has condemned as an “extreme immigration policy”.

Sweden has offered permanent residence to all Syrians fleeing the conflict and has the highest rate of asylum applications per capita of any EU country.

Sweden’s Migration Board said this year that as many as 2,000 people were applying every week. Most were from Syria, although there had also been an increase from Eritrea.

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