We want to build a sustainable society, that takes on climate change while creating new jobs.
Well, sign me up! The Swedish Green Party (Miljöpartiet) sounds pretty, well, green. Equality is huge in Sweden, and the Swedish Green Party is no different, with two spokespersons, a man and a woman, instead of a party leader.
The Swedish Green Party started in 1981, originally sparked by the anti-nuclear power movement, due to the upset of the existing parties’ environmental policies.
Not only does the Swedish Green Party sound great, but they are also voted into government and have created an alliance with the Social Democratic Party in Sweden, holding 6 of the 24 Ministers.
Lately, though, the Swedish Green Party has been in the news for reasons having nothing to do with the environment or equality.
Politician Refuses to Shake Hands with a Woman
Not sure what you do when someone’s religion says that they shouldn’t shake hands with a woman because that is “too intimate”. In any case, a muslim politician in the Swedish Green Party chose to take his hand to his chest and bow, instead of shaking hands with a Swedish TV reporter.
People weren’t happy about this, and thus he decided to resign. He actually resigned a week after a muslim colleague of his in the Green Party resigned after a video surfaced of him saying something about how Israel’s politics are towards Palestinians.
Swedish PM Calls 9/11 an Accident
I don’t really know how someone slips this one up, but Deputy Prime Minister Åsa Romson, of the Swedish Green Party, described the September 11th terrorist attacks as accidents (the Swedish word olycka).
Probably just a really dumb mistake, but it doesn’t look good when your party already has had some baffles on sensitive issues.
After all of this, a guy at the Swedish National Defense College says this: