Sweden's Social Democratic Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has probably never stood so alone: roasted by the right for leaving the door wide open to asylum-seekers and lambasted by the left for later slamming it shut. Either way, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel he has faced some hard decisions on immigration and lost support in his own camp since shutting Sweden's borders at the end of 2015, after taking more than 240,000 asylum seekers since 2014. At 61, Löfven, a former metal worker and union leader, faces the biggest challenge of his career: to keep one of Europe's last centre-left governments in power. As the son of a poor single mother who came into politics after rising through the ranks of the trade union movement, he can truthfully claim to understand the challenges faced by "ordinary" voters. Boxer's nose Ahead of Sweden's September 9th legislative elections, he has tried to court everyone from the left to the … [Read more...] about Who is Sweden’s Social Democratic Prime Minister Stefan Löfven?
"It's you who want to build that!" Mohammed, 25, shouts out when Åkesson accuses Muslims like him of trying to create a parallel society. The leader of the Sweden Democrats is speaking in Sweden's third-largest city as part of an election tour which has seen protesters attempt to pelt him with eggs in Falkenberg, and a rapturous reception in the party stronghold of Landskrona. In Malmö, the mood is somewhere in between, with a big crowd of supporters and a small but energetic group of protesters. "Jimmie, you think we have so many problems in Malmö," reads one sign. "Well, go away and we'll have one less." Åkesson speaking in Malmö on Friday. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT Opposition to an anti-immigration party should be no surprise in a city where more than half the people have at least one parent born abroad, and an estimated 20 percent are Muslim. But Adam and … [Read more...] about Sweden Democrat leader’s visit causes disquiet among Malmö’s Muslims
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Joshua Miller Globe Staff September 03, 2018 The next generation of Massachusetts Democrats is knocking on the door.On Tuesday, will voters let them in?In a state where constituents often stick with a familiar name (see: Markey, Edward J., the US senator who began his uninterrupted congressional tenure as a Representative more than 41 years ago), it can be an uphill battle for younger hopefuls to break through. Advertisement But the 30- and 40-somethings on Tuesday’s Democratic primary ballot are buoyed by a national trend, and their contests echo a generational divide in the party between its longtime stalwarts and upstart contenders, party members said. Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here In Massachusetts, … [Read more...] about In primary and beyond, Democrats grapple with a generational divide
The anti-immigration far-right is expected to soar in Sweden's September 9th general election, capitalizing on voter discontent as Swedes punish traditional parties over immigration, integration and healthcare. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's Social Democrats, who have dominated Swedish politics since the 1930s, will remain the biggest party in the country but likely with a record low score, polls suggest. The far-right Sweden Democrats (SD) are heading to make the most gains and come in a close second, followed by the conservative Moderates. A Skop institute poll published on Sunday, a week before the election, credited the Social Democrats with 23.8 percent of support, compared with 31 percent in the 2014 election; SD with 20 percent, up from 13 percent in 2014; and the Moderates with 17 percent, down from 23 percent. Speaking to AFP after a campaign rally outside Stockholm on Sunday, Löfven criticized the former centre-right government in power from 2006-2014 for having … [Read more...] about Social Democrats head for record low score in Sweden’s election
Amid recent talk of possible impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta is urging Democrats not to make a move just yet. “I think the most important thing that the Democrats could do is allow Bob Mueller to complete his work,” Panetta said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” referencing Mueller’s work as special counsel for Justice Department and his role in the ongoing investigation into Russia’s part in the 2016 presidential election.Story Continued Below “I think Bob Mueller’s report will ultimately determine whether or not there are going to be additional steps taken against the president and they ought not to get ahead of that report because that will be the key to determining what happens in the future,” said Panetta, who was also White House chief of staff under President Bill Clinton. Co-host Martha Raddatz also addressed public … [Read more...] about Panetta: Democrats should hold off on impeachment