Monday, October 03, 2005

The June List has entered national politics

The June List, the new Swedish eurosceptic party that made such a success in the EU-elections has today announced that they are going to stand in the elections to the Riksdag next September. The June List got 14% in the euros, and sit with Jens-Peder Bonde and UKIP in the EU-parliament. The June List is a single issue party with leading members from both sides of the political spectrum, but they are most often percieved as being right of centre. So far, they have done well, even though they haven't had any spectacular successes in the EU-parliament.

Under the swedish electoral system a party needs 4% nationwide in order to enter the Riksdag, so this election will not be easy for them. But their announcement has been met with some interest in the media, and they could have a lot of impact on the election.

In fact, it's quite possible that their decision to stand will decide the outcome. The withdrawalist Green Party is sometimes uncomfortably close to the 4%, and the Christian Democrats, with their euroceptic electorate is sometimes even below it. If the Christian Democrats fail to reach the 4%, the right wing Alliance is unlikely to be able to form a government. Similarly, the left is going to need the Green Party.

Professor Sören Holmberg makes some remarks about how the June List could cost the Alliance the majority in parliament in todays Svenska Dagbladet.

An internet poll on Aftonbladet today gives the June List a surprising 16%. (The poll has had 81 000 participants so far.) Of course the respondents are a self selected group of politically interested people with internet access, but the June List might have a lot better chances than what is commonly assumed.

Read this blog's guide to the Swedish political parties.