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Sweden's Government Talks Reach a Record With No End in Sight

  • Acting PM Lofven reports little progress in one-week attempt
  • Pressure grows on establishment to break with bloc politics
The Riksdag building in Stockholm
The Riksdag building in StockholmPhotographer: Mikael Sjoberg/Bloomberg

Acting Prime Minister Stefan Lofven reported scant progress after a week of trying to form a new government amid the deepest political gridlock Sweden has ever seen.

Lofven, who’s trying to extend his four-year rule by cobbling together a new coalition, said the situation remains “difficult and complicated,” after meeting with the speaker of parliament, Andreas Norlen. The acting premier will continue with another week of talks and hold confidential discussions with the other party leaders.