The extreme right, the first party of the majority in Sweden

It is an unprecedented victory and for many observers of democracy in Europe it is also an earthquake. According to the almost final results announced yesterday, it is therefore an unprecedented bloc bringing together both right and extreme right which won the general elections in Sweden by a very small majority. With 176 seats, this block is very slightly ahead of that of the left (173 seats). But above all, the shift is historic since never before has a government relied in parliament on the Democrats of Sweden, this anti-immigration formation heir to a neo-Nazi group and which with 20.6% of the vote has risen to the rank of second party in the country (behind the Social Democrats) but first party on the right ahead of the Moderates, the Christian Democrats and the Liberals.

Now, the whole difficulty for this narrow majority ranging from the centre-right to the extreme right will be how to govern. A priori the three parties of the traditional right are unfavorable to the ambition displayed by the extreme right to be part of the government. The most likely scenario is that they only support the government in parliament, but are not directly part of it.

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The extreme right, the first party of the majority in Sweden