By: Steve Dellar | 09-11-2018 | News
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Sweden’s Carl Bildt: 2017: What Has Trump Been Smoking? - 2018: We Are Not Paradise Lost

In the first months of his presidency, in February 2017 to be exact, US President Donald Trump gave a speech in Melbourne, Florida. He mentioned Sweden as a bad example when it comes to migration policy and spoke of a terror attack. The next day, the world media jumped on it.

One of his greatest European critics was the former Secretary of State and Prime Minister of Sweden (from 1991 to 1994) Mr Carl Bildt. He wrote: ”Sweden? What has Trump been smoking? Questions abound”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sweden&#39;s center-right and center-left blocs have fallen short of a majority. The far-right Sweden Democrats have seen a boost in support amid concerns over immigration. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#val2018</a><a href=""></a></p>&mdash; DW News (@dwnews) <a href="">September 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The New York Times cooperated with Swedish daily Aftonbladet to report in detail all the things that Mr Trump had gotten wrong about crime in Sweden and it's link to immigration.

Related coverage: <a href=""> Sweden - MSM Worldwide Warns For Scary, Angry, Dangerous “Far-Right”</a>.

If we then fast forward to September 2018, Swedes worry about crime more than any other European nation and it has seen its anti-immigration party the Swedish Democrats reach almost 18 percent of the votes, making it impossible for either the centre-left or centre-right traditional parties to rule with a majority.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My comment on the Swedish elections, in <a href="">@POLITICOEurope</a> : <br><br>Politically, Sweden will manage. Socially, however, the country is going through a tectonic shift, with deep-running divisions, tensions and resentment that will leave their mark.<a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Paulina Neuding (@paulinaneuding) <a href="">September 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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However, Swedish political leaders claimed that the results showed a less dramatic shift to the extreme right and left than many had forecast.

Related coverage: <a href=""> Sweden Exit Poll Shock - Right-Wing ‘Sweden Democrats’ Second Biggest Party With 19%</a>.

Mr Bildt this time round commented: “We are not Paradise Lost.”

“We are different from the rest of Europe in that it is happening later in Sweden than in other countries. We are catching up, but not in a good way.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What if the rise of the Sweden Democrats has less to do with exposure to immigration, and more to do with rising inequality? <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; The Intercept (@theintercept) <a href="">September 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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His comments come as the centre-right opposition is now demanding the resignation of Mr Stefan Lofven as prime minister as they seek to start negotiations which promise to be lengthy.

The near dead-heat between the ruling centre-left bloc of Mr Stefan Lofven on 40.6 per cent and the opposition centre-right of Mr Ulf Kristersson on 40.3 per cent means that the nationalist rightwing Sweden Democrats could heavily influence how the next government will decide policy.

What do you think about the Swedish election result? Let us know in the comments section hereunder.


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4 Comment/s
tab No. 36762 2018-09-11 : 13:31

Trump has been smoking THE TRUTH you cucked-out traitor.

Anonymous No. 36764 2018-09-11 : 13:41

I love it! The issue with smoking The Truth is you always want more and only the freshest is the most sought out. No one likes stale Truth.

Whitey No. 36770 2018-09-11 : 14:43

36762 is absolutely right! Sweden has diversity’d itself into implosion.

Anonymous No. 36794 2018-09-11 : 18:21

>We are not Paradise Lost.

No, more like Ozymandias or Inferno.

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