Mats EngstrÃƒÂ¶m has written a good piece at Opendemocracy about the Swedish election result, and highlights some of the tensions that will appear for the Alliance when trying to manage to govern. In the meantime, European Commissioner Margot WallstrÃƒÂ¶m has emerged as a front runner to follow Goran Persson as Social Democrat leader – see this from The Local. Wallstrom might be just what the Social Democrats need – pleasant, communicative, positive and optimistic. Mona Sahlin is perhaps too tainted by past scandals and annoys people, PÃƒÂ¤r Nuder is too much of a technocrat, Thomas BodstrÃƒÂ¶m too inexperienced (?)
Anyway, one more issue of note are the ongoing tensions in Hungary. Mark Mardell’s column is well worth a serious look. Normally the comments section there is full of rubbish, but today’s debate is interesting and detailed: how can politicians work with the public to regain trust, and will there ever be the need not to massage the truth? Strange that in Sweden’s case the economic growth was undoubtedly sound, but it didn’t help Persson.
Eric SundstrÃƒÂ¶m has now written a point-by-point analysis of the reasons for the Social Democrats’ defeat – have a read here. He does not have any solutions for the future yet though!