Olaf Scholz visits Sweden: international social democratic parties are reviving

SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz observes an international resurgence of social democracy.

Gothenburg – “We are currently experiencing – and we are part of it – a remarkable revival of social democratic and progressive parties across Europe and the world,” said the acting Federal Finance Minister on Friday at the party conference of the Swedish Social Democrats in Gothenburg. Social Democrats in Denmark, Finland and most recently in Norway are on the rise again, and party friends in Portugal and Spain are doing well. «All of this has inspired us a lot. And Joe Biden’s win in the United States gave us all a boost of additional encouragement, ”said Scholz. With this tailwind, the SPD went into the election campaign for the federal election.

The subsequent electoral success of his party was basically due to the fact that he had succeeded in reconnecting with the voters. “This approach can be summarized in a central idea, a central category, a clear, moral argument: respect.” Respect is what everyone expects in life. As a social democrat, you have to stand up for issues that matter to real people.

The day before, the Swedish Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson was elected as the new party leader at the party conference. In doing so, she succeeded Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at the head of the party, whom the Prime Minister wishes to inherit in the highest political office in the country. Andersson introduced Scholz, whom she knows from meetings of EU finance ministers, as “one of the most skilful politicians in Europe”. Scholz said to the delegates on the election of the 54-year-olds: “You couldn’t have made a better choice.” The German word that Andersson believes best describes is “honesty,” he said in his speech, which was otherwise in English. (dpa)


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