Stefan Lofven

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Society will not break if we stick together

During the Social Democrats' day, a nauseating Thursday evening during Almedalen Week, Stefan Löfven begins his party leadership speech with a nostalgic look back at the Social Democratic heritage that Almedalen Week carries.

During the course of Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's speech, it becomes very clear that this is not like any other appearance. It is the end of the election campaign and the Nordic resistance movement's presence during the week has forced RFSL youth to close down their activities during the week and several organizations and parties have participated in a large diversity parade.

In his speech, Stefan Löfven directed sharp criticism at the growing extremist forces in the country, the fear among young people of engaging in politics, the growing net hatred and false propaganda. Met with resounding cheers and applause, Stefan Löfven speaks enthusiastically about the importance of safeguarding the collective over the individual, about Swedish democracy characterized by respect and the importance of safeguarding this in all international arenas where Sweden is represented. He returns to NMR's presence in Visby:

- They have nothing to do here, this is a democracy forum.

To meet the growing extremist forces, Löfven believes that increased punishment is not enough, that a more inclusive society and reformism is the solution. He points out that this year's election is both a referendum on Swedish welfare and a chance to let the community win over polarization. Löfven therefore promises that another Social Democratic term will mean investments in the school, more employed teachers, improved student health, a boost of the schools that need it most and preventive measures to prevent young people from going the criminal route.

Stefan Löfven contrasts the alliance's proposals for reduced wages, precarious employment and market rents for the Social Democrats' budget investments in healthcare, pensions and investments in new arrivals. This will be done through solid training for the shortage, mandatory language training for those who need language support, easy access to introductory jobs and internships and extra jobs in welfare. He talks about the need for a sustainable migration policy, but avoids commenting on the extent to which the Social Democrats will continue on the same path with their controversial migration policy. Do the measures for new arrivals extend to the refugees who have already arrived in Sweden, those with permanent or temporary residence permits or those who are currently applying to Sweden?

However, talking points about global development, climate issues and Sweden's role in the world shone with its absence, with neither emphasis on feminist foreign policy nor work on the global sustainability goals. However, the development of a knowledge boost and the importance of giving companies access to development capital so that they can lead climate change and sell their solutions in the global market were mentioned.

In its entirety, Stefan Löfven's speech was an election manifesto with emphasis on the positive things that have happened during the last term and that a vote for the Social Democrats is a vote for a security program for pensioners, police, assistant nurses and teachers at a time when Sweden needs a social change. most.

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