The cost of Sweden’s silent consensus culture

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Mainstream parties’ failure to break taboos on crime and immigration has empowered country’s far right.

  • Tino Sanandaji
  • Politico

STOCKHOLM — Swedish elections are rarely exciting or unpredictable events.

This year, things are looking rather different.

NYKOPING, SWEDEN - SEPTEMBER 07: An SD flag seen during a political rally for the right wing Sweden Democrats party, campaigns at Traffens Outdoors Theater ahead of the Swedish general election on September 7, 2018 in Nykoping, Sweden. The election will be held on September 9, 2018. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

NYKOPING, SWEDEN – SEPTEMBER 07: An SD flag seen during a political rally for the right wing Sweden Democrats party, campaigns at Traffens Outdoors Theater ahead of the Swedish general election on September 7, 2018 in Nykoping, Sweden. The election will be held on September 9, 2018. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

The rise of the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats has put the taboo subjects of crime and immigration front and center in the campaign, forcing the mainstream parties to reckon with their failure to address the issues — and the connection between them — amid an unmistakable rise in crime and gang violence.

The result could be…

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