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Far-Right Defections Could Help Soften Swedish Nationalists’ Image

  • Sweden Democrats are seeing defections to new far right group
  • Party could emerge as kingmaker after September election
A national flag of Sweden hangs from a commercial building in Stockholm, Sweden.
Photographer: Mikael Sjoberg/Bloomberg
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The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats is being hit by a wave of defections from its more extreme members, opening up a way in from the cold for a party long shunned by the establishment because of its neo-Nazi roots.

SD is poised to become a kingmaker in September’s election, potentially winning close to 20 percent amid a wave of dissatisfaction against immigration after Sweden became a haven for refugees during the 2015 migrant crisis.