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Swedish government divided over EU pact

Tuesday, 13 December 2011
The Swedish government aims to belong to the core of the EU but it lacks support in parliament to connect Sweden to the euro countries' fiscal pact, and this is now becoming a dividing issue.

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt would not say whether he thinks that Sweden should join voluntarily. But standing outside can affect the Swedish influence in the EU negative, he believes.

“If we were to remain outside the pact, Sweden may seem more in the periphery than we have imagined. We are not finished with the analysis of what it means for countries that have not adopted the euro,” Reinfeldt reported to Parliament on the negotiations at the EU summit in Brussels last week.


Through the analysis he hoped he will provide answers to how influence can still be secured to some extent.
The Liberal Party (People's Party), with Deputy Prime Minister, Jan Björklund, Minister for EU Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson and chairman of the parliamentary EU Affairs, Carl B. Hamilton, argues forcefully for Sweden to join immediately.

“There is a clearly expressed will of the People's Party ministers in the government. It can reasonably not surprise anyone,” said Reinfeldt, but admitted that the government parties have no common opinion yet.

Via the EU summit the 17 euro zone countries agreed to conclude an intergovernmental agreement in which they undertake to coordinate economic policies and strengthen sanctions and rules to prevent countries from neglecting their finances. Budget Requirements shall be written into the Constitution, according to the agreement.

The ten EU countries that have not adopted the euro shall in March answer if they want to be included in the deal. Britain has blatantly said no to the agreement and claim that they wanted to protect their financial sector.

Although the prime minister would follow the People's Party, so it seems, but there is still difficulty to get a majority in parliament. The Red-Green opposition coalition parties and the far right Sweden Democrats are rejecting the proposal.

Social Democrat leader, Hakan Juholt said at a press conference that it would be comparable to sneaking in Sweden in the monetary union through the back door, in violation of the verdict in the euro referendum in Sweden in 2003.

The Liberal Party is afraid that Sweden could join Britain, and perhaps Hungary and the Czech Republic stands out as the 17 eurozone countries sets out policies together with the six remaining countries of the EU's 27 members, to create a strong joined pact.
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