Swedish populists fear poor poll results


During a weekend conference (15-16 March), Sverigedemokraterna chief Jimmie Åkesson said he fears a poor showing in May's European elections, and that it could influence the Swedish general elections, in September.

Though Sverigedemokraterna, the Swedish Democrats, are currently the third biggest party in the Scandinavian country, the party's voters are least likely to vote in the European Parliament elections in May.

The nationalist party's three top candidates even decided to not make campaign speeches during the conference, according to Sveriges Radio.

"If we'll have a poorer EU election than expected, then that will give us some negative energy. Then it wouldn't be much fun to start a new election campaign shortly after. Make sure we don't get a bad [Parliament] election," Åkesson stressed.

In many EU member states, however, populist, eurosceptic, far-right, and nationalist parties are expected to obtain better results this year than in 2009, according to recent polls.

The Sweden Democrats are almost certain to join the same Parliament faction as Geert Wilders's Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV) and Marine Le Pen's French Front National.

The nationalist party calls for a weaker EU, as well as a lower economic contribution from Sweden. Asked how she would get this message across in Parliament, one of the Democrats' top candidates, Kristina Winberg, said: "When we're getting seats in the Parliament, we can show our views in our questions."

While the leader of the liberal party Folkpartiet, Jan Björklund, which is currently part of the Swedish centre-right government, has joked that the candidates from the Sweden Democrats would become homesick and return quickly from Brussels, Winberg commented:

"I'd like to tell Björklund that I'll probably be homesick, but I won't go home until I have gotten our sovereignty back," she said.

  • 25 May: European Parliament elections in Sweden.
  • 14 Sept.: General elections in Sweden.
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Akos ERSEK's picture

Why couldn't Sweden organise its national elections - like Belgium - for 25 May; in this case there would not be these kinds of problems...

an european's picture

"Geert Wilders's Dutch Party for Freedom "

Today i heard in the radio that Wilders saying a devil Nazi sentences(adopt from Hitler) against marrocans ....and unfortunately,
Sverigesdemokraterna's Jimmie Åkesson speaks holy about that Nazi Party !
what's next? Le Pen want's to take Wilders as Partner !
Together a good fascist trio ..

Unethical , Disrespectfull as well Disgracefull.

Pierre Lacour's picture

However disgraceful the populist parties of the UE may be it is time to realize that they would not do so well if the main European parties had not given inadequate answers to the people's expectations. There are roughly 24 million unemployed in the UE, countless poors, abysaal debt rates and political corruption at large. What can one expect ?

Joe's picture

Europeans are a people who are self-righteous and can't handle the truth. Good riddance when they are all dead.