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Populist Power-Broker in Sweden Has No Use for Bannon or Russia

Jimmie Akesson in Stockholm on April 12.
Jimmie Akesson in Stockholm on April 12.Photographer: Mikael Sjoberg/Bloomberg
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The leader of Sweden’s rising nationalist party says he has no plans to meet Stephen Bannon and counts Russia as the archenemy. But he’s got some dire words for the European Union.

Jimmie Akesson, the head of the Sweden Democrats, is poised to become a power-broker after the Nordic country’s election in September, with his party potentially winning close to 20 percent of the vote. He has benefited from a wave of anti-immigration sentiment since first entering parliament in 2010.