At the end of may it is time for the EUROPEAN elections. The sweden democrats have not yet presented their candidates. However, they have in recent times adopted a more positive approach to the EU.
Already in the middle of October, in the middle of formation of governments, tinted Åkesson down its criticism of the EUROPEAN union. Which was interpreted as an attempt to win the sympathies of the Moderates.
" We are a large party that accommodates different views on european cooperation. What we should agree on before a EUROPEAN election is not whether we should leave the union or not. It is not the most important issue in the european Parliament, it is the policy that we will operate there and to monitor the Swedish interests in Brussels, " he said to DN.
there appeared åsiktsskiftet clearly, then, the Swedish EU-parliamentarians appeared in the SVT Forum and said that the party does not have any plans for a Swexit.
– For the first time is a big chance to reform the EU from within. It is also what we will be working for during the coming term of office, and also that we will pursue in the election campaign, " said Peter Lundgren (SD) to the SVT.
Now develops Jimmie Åkesson his party's new stance in a debate article in Aftonbladet. He mentions his party's cooperation with other right-wing parties in the Nordic countries, such as Dansk Folkeparti. Åkesson believe that he and his colleagues would be able to ”reform the EU from the inside”.
his grundkritik against the EU: ”It is the Swedish people who ultimately will decide how Sweden is governed, not bureaucrats in Brussels or other countries ' politicians that we can't vote and that we cannot set aside”.
at the same time, Jimmie Åkesson some advantages to the functioning of the EUROPEAN union.
”Sweden, need good terms of trade and the internal market. The dependence, however, is mutual. The EU also needs to Sweden with our strong expertise and our natural resources. That realization should give us strength and confidence in our actions for the Swedish interests in the EU. Sweden must be tougher, and act with greater confidence”.
Åkesson writes that he is on Wednesday next week to present an election manifesto for its national executive. In it will Åkesson, emphasising the importance of ”we make use of all the possibilities that are step-by-step return beslutandemakten to Sweden, but at the same time, safeguard the need of cooperation with our environment”.
And finally writes Åkesson:
”We shall make use of the opportunities that exist to achieve this, and while we are now waiting for the outcome of the Brexit, is a first step to get there to do it from within the EU stronghold in Brussels. Together with our friends”.