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The Red-Greens (Swedish: De rödgröna[1]) is the name of a cooperation of red-green political parties in Sweden, publicly launched on 7 December 2008,[2], largely based on the Norwegian ruling Red-Green Coalition.[3] It consists of the three parties in the Riksdag (Parliament of Sweden), sitting in opposition to the Alliance for Sweden coalition government. The parties, which will face the voters as three separate parties in the Swedish general election, 2010, aim to reach agreement on significant areas of policy before the election. The parties aim to achieve a majority at the next Swedish general election on 19 September 2010, and thereafter form a coalition government.

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Parties

The coalition consists of three parties;

Mikaela Valtersson (Green) and Thomas Östros (Social Democrat) present the two parties' joint 2009 shadow budget in October 2008. At this stage the Left Party was not yet part of the cooperation.

Background

The Red-Greens have taken their cue from Alliance for Sweden, the cooperation between four centre-right parties which is considered to have contributed to these parties' success in the Swedish general election, 2006. The cooperation represents a significant development since the Social Democrats, especially the party leadership, previously have been sceptical about too close a cooperation with the Left Party, which was officially communist until 1990. The Social Democratic minority government led by Göran Persson before the 2006 election had much closer cooperation with the Green Party than with the Left Party.

In October 2008 a deeper cooperation between the Social Democrats and the Green Party was announced, and a common shadow budget for 2009 was presented. In December 2008, the Left Party was included the cooperation and the Red-Greens was launched.

References

  1. ^ "Namnet är spikat". Aftonbladet. http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article3947495.ab. Retrieved 2008-12-11.   (Swedish)
  2. ^ "Opposition parties to build coalition". The Local - Sweden's News in English. http://www.thelocal.se/16190/20081207/. Retrieved 2008-12-11.  
  3. ^ Iversen, Ivar A. (4 July 2009). "Norskesuget". Dagsavisen. http://www.dagsavisen.no/meninger/article424446.ece.  

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