"Ingvar Carlsson're looking forward to a mazarin out of the pantry and boiling water on the stove for instant coffee. It has taken a couple of months to get to the interview, current politics, other care, and he stresses that this is an exception.n– When I listened to the election campaign, I saw quite optimistic on the possibility to create a democratic majority. But the situation has started to worry me, " he says."
"We sit at the kitchen table in the family's apartment in Tyresö. Here, in a maze of Swedish functionalist-style house with views of the lake border with he has lived since the 80's. The fbi was not delighted, and as prime minister he was forced to live for a time in the Sagerska house."
"– Sweden is fantastic. I have been active politically in 38 years. Then you can go back to living a normal life, ride the bus and so, " he says.nIngvar Carlsson is a native of Borås, and was first elected to parliament in 1965, in what was then the second chamber. He worked with both prime ministers Tage Erlander and Olof Palme, was SSU-chairman, minister of housing, minister of education, Sweden's first environment minister, deputy prime minister and prime minister. He resigned as party leader in 1996."
"Högernationalism is the enemy of democracy, which we shall not speak of, against which we shall take battle," he says."
"do not recognize the hardness"
"– I do not recognize me in this hard logic of blocs, or rhetoric, Sweden is a partner country. I have never sat in a majority government and, during my seven years as prime minister, we took not a single major decision without interacting over the blockgränsen, " he says."
"Actually, it was not supposed to Ingvar Carlsson would become prime minister, an autobiography is named Out of the shadow of Olof Palme. But when his friend was murdered on the open street in Stockholm in 1986, he was called to shoulder the responsibility. It was a dramatic time with the onset of the economic crisis and in 1990 against the government of the bourgeois parties and VPK."
"– There are similarities with the situation today. The parties brought down the government had nothing in common options. Even then, there was talk of a new election, but it I rejected. A new election had created a period of uncertainty and could have damaged the economy. In addition, a choice probably not have changed the parliament in the composition and not resolved anything, " he says."
"Ingvar Carlsson began a collaboration over blockgränsen with Olof Johansson (C) and Bengt Westerberg (LIBERAL)."
" It was not painless, but the collaboration was successful. We made agreements on energy policy and taxes, we began to tighten up the economy, took decisions on the Öresund bridge and set up the so-called Rehnbergkommissionen to get the order of formation, " he says."
"In July 1991, Ingvar Carlsson with broad support in the riksdag in Sweden's application for membership in the then european community, today's EUROPEAN union. But after the change of government in 1991 was the new prime minister, Carl Bildt (M) not particularly interested in consensus. He declared himself to lead. "
"I walked around here in Sacramento, and it was."
"the Result was the krisuppgörelser that saved the banking system and initiated the recovery in the Swedish economy. Ingvar Carlsson objects to the image of the bourgeoisie has of the a 1900s, in principle, completely controlled by the social democrats."
"– My reality was, of course, cooperation over blockgränsen, then came the Alliance, " he says."
"Sweden is a small country and has won much on that we have not had major conflicts. Universal and equal suffrage was carried for a hundred years ago by the Socialists and liberals. In the 30's combined with the movement and the agrarians in order to protect farmers and workers from famine, and dyrtid during the economic crisis, but just as much to defend the young democracy. During the war, Sweden had unity government with all parties except the communists and after the war, it took only a few years before the Tage Erlander formed the government, together with the agrarians again."
"There are exceptions, the fighting of ATP, nuclear power and the EU, but usually has the democratic parties jointly taken the responsibility for the development."
"Confidence in democracy"
" What I think we've forgotten today is that we are right up to the 1980s, felt a real threat to our democratic system from the Soviet union. We had a fierce struggle against the communists. The threats today are quite similar. Högernationalismen in Europe, and it is available in Sweden, " he says."
"It requires a completely different responsibility of today's politicians than what we see.n– Already Herbert Proponents showed that democracy must be the overall ideology. Högernationalism and communism are outside. I usually quote the Danish rättsfilosofen Alf Ross: ”You can't play cricket with people who throw bombs”. Högernationalism is the enemy of democracy, which we shall not speak of, against which we shall take battle, " he says."
"Ingvar Carlsson tells us how the mood of this autumn has been changed. More and more often to people he meets on the street to discuss politics."
"– It moves in folkdjupet. It's all about confidence in the democratic system, what are they? In the election campaign made the C and L harsh statements about SD. But after the elections the set aside Leaves, and the selected president, along with SD and have allowed a budget to go through with the SD's votes. Not all of these statements are worth nothing?"
"Just like during the 1900s ofärdsår challenged the Swedish democracy today by both internal and external enemies. The parliamentary parties have a responsibility to put the interests of the country foremost. It will require compromises and new alliances, but it is the only way we can build in Sweden strong.nwhen I finished up mazarinen I realized that Ingvar Carlsson had only one. I think a little skamset that maybe it is just where today's politicians should also begin – with generosity."