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Democratic Party

Sweden faces turmoil as opposition exits budget agreement

STOCKHOLM - The deal that ensured political stability in Sweden lasted less than a year. The four-party Alliance opposition last week voided a December agreement designed to ensure the minority Social Democratic-led government could pass its budgets. The accord was brokered to avoid a snap election after the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats abandoned parliamentary tradition and used its status as power broker to cause the government's budget to fail. For now, opposition leaders say that they will refrain from putting forth a joint budget to allow the Social Democrats and its partner, the Greens, to push through their spending plan. Discontent had been brewing among opposition...