Anders Borg, the former finance minister of Sweden, has been urged to return to his job in an editorial published by the country’s main business daily Dagens Industri, in the wake of a snap election called for 22 March following a breakdown in parliamentary budget negotiations.
Sweden went to the polls in September this year, following which a minority coalition government made up of the Social Democrat and Green parties was appointed.
However, negotiations over the budget with other parties in Parliament failed after the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats said they would not support the proposed budget, and members of the previous right of centre coalition government said they would not support the budget unless it contained more concessions to their own policy positions.
The budget has to be passed by a majority vote in Parliament, hence the call for snap elections, the first time this has happened in half a century.
It is in this context that DI has called for the return of Anders Borg (pictured), voted Europe’s best finance minister by the Financial Times in 2011.
“He declared loudly following the election that he is leaving politics, but that was under the conditions that applied then. And it was not really surprising news, given Anders Borg has steadfastly refused to stand for Parliament. Such a decision means that one does not want to sit in opposition.”
“But now the Alliance [right of centre coaltion] could return to power after the election on 22 March. So Anders Borg should stand.”
The business daily said that not only would a declaration along these lines lift the political party that Borg belongs to, the Moderates, get a lift, but the overall Alliance would too.
“Anders Borg is a very popular politician. In the annual popularity survey conducted by Aftonbladet [another Swedish daily newspaper] last winter he came first, before all other ministers.”
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