In Sweden, extraordinary elections were due to be called at the end of December for March 22, after the government failed to get its budget through parliament. However, the announcement was cancelled after the governing parties (the Social Democrats and the Greens) reached an agreement with the Alliance parties, making it possible going forward for a candidate for Prime Minister from a minority coalition to be accepted and to form a government, and for such a government to have its budget adopted in parliament.
In addition, the agreement identified three policy areas that will be subject to cross-party cooperation: defence and security policy, pensions and energy policy. The agreement will be first applied when the government puts forward its Spring budget in April 2015 and will stay in place until the election day in September 2022. Since there will be no extraordinary elections the newly formed Swedish REd Green government continues, including all six Green ministers.
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