- Feb 20, 2022
The immigration issue in Europe is a big driving force behind the ascendance of right wing parties across Europe. This article makes the case that Sweden mishandled the issue and as a result voters turned to right wing parties that offered solutions.
The Sweden Democrats, or SD, is now the second-biggest party in parliament, and the biggest party of the right-wing bloc—gaining more votes than the more traditional center-right Moderate party. (It remains to be seen whether Ulf Kristersson, leader of the Moderates, can form a government with the support of SD, while sticking to his promise not to allow the party into the government coalition.)
So how did Sweden’s famously liberal electorate usher in a party with roots on the extreme right? In a word: denial.