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Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Refugee issue threatens Sweden's cohesion

Sweden, the European country that has taken in the most refugees after Germany, threatens to fall apart under the pressure, the centre-right daily Jyllands-Posten fears: "Apparently as many immigrants as possible are to be taken in, even though opposition to this policy is growing. ... Decades of social democratic government and cultural liberalism have built up a moral empire that's in danger of collapsing. New voices are questioning the status quo, even among the established press. What's new is that the centre is losing its force and the country has become divided. Security in Sweden depends to a large extent on finding a political solution to problems that arise. Failing that they are solved anti-politically, that is in violence and blood. If the powers that be can no longer assert their legitimacy, society runs the risk of ending in violence. That happened in Syria, but it could also happen in Sweden."

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