March elections called in Sweden as government collapses

Sweden will hold fresh elections in March following the collapse of its centre-left government after two months in power.

A period of political uncertainty in the normally stable Nordic country has begun after the populist, anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats joined the centre-right opposition to vote down the government’s budget.

“I cannot let the Sweden Democrats dictate the terms. I think this is irresponsible and would be unprecedented in Swedish political history,” Stefan Löfven, the Social Democrat prime minister, said. Mr Löfven’s government will go down as the second shortest-lived administration in Swedish history after a day of political drama in Stockholm.

The opposition centre-right’s budget was passed, with the help of the Sweden Democrats, who shocked the establishment by coming third in September’s elections with nearly 13 per cent of the vote.

The rise of the populist party, which wants to cut immigration by 90 per cent, has plunged Sweden into its worst government crisis in decades and strained traditional consensus politics as it faces its first snap election since 1958…

What a shame. And they just got finished recognizing Palestine as a state.