Peter Eriksson, Green MEP and Vice-Chair of the Greens/EFA Group, on the general election in Sweden on Sunday, 14 September 2014:
In Sweden, the Greens are doing well. Their Green party, Miljöpartiet de Gröna, is focusing on education and environment during their election campaign, and the wind is blowing in the right direction.
However, the question around what government will be able to form after the election is the main issue in the Swedish campaign. The red-green parties have a big lead. But daily polls show a constantly changing situation on who will be able to form a government. The Greens have around 10% – even better than the last national election, which was our best result ever. But from experience we all know that we can lose momentum during in the last weeks and day. Nothing is definite until the election closes at 8 p.m. on Sunday, 14 September.
The government parties have been losing for a long time. There is a feeling that Sweden needs a new government. The old right wing-dominated coalition have done what they planned and wanted, and now they have run out of ideas. Two out of the four parties in the coalition are on the brink of falling out of parliament. But since the extreme right, the Swedish Democrats, seem to be doing even better than the last election, it is impossible to be sure if the red-green parties can win a majority. Even more unpredictable is the dark horse FI, the feminist newcomer party that came from nowhere to take a seat in the European Parliament in May this year. A recent poll gave FI 4% in the national election for the first time, which is just above the threshold.
So far, the most probable solution is that a minority two-party government will be formed by the Greens and the Social Democrats. This would mean a tough negotiation round after election on questions like ending nuclear, weapon exports and defence. The new Social Democrat leader, Stefan Löfven, is a tough negotiator. But the Social Democrats are not performing as they would have hoped for in the polls, and none of the losses from the right are going to them. Sunday will be a nervous time for a lot of Swedish politicians.