STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – A former welder is reversing the fortunes of Sweden’s beleaguered opposition Social Democrats, as the party that pioneered European cradle-to-grave welfare makes gains from a backlash against years of market reforms and spending cuts.
The appointment of top trade unionist Stefan Lofven in January to head the Social Democrats has helped centre-left opposition parties overtake the centre-right minority government in popularity for the first time in two years, polls say.
STOCKHOLM, Feb 14 (Reuters) – A property bubble, banks
near collapse, a currency under pressure and the future of a
cushy European social welfare state in question.
This is not Europe 2012 but Sweden 1992. And Bo Lundgren,
the fast-talking politician and financial official known as “Mr.
Fix It”, who then helped rescue Sweden from its worst crisis
since the 1930s, says history lessons are being forgotten.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Greece may dominate the headlines and France and Germany may be where the power lies, but heads of Nordic and Baltic countries on Thursday touted themselves as possible role models for the rest of crisis-ridden Europe.
Nine prime ministers gathered at a contemporary photography museum in Stockholm to discuss how to promote women into top jobs and keep the elderly working longer – topics that contrast sharply with most other EU summits dominated by the debt crisis.