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Leonid Bershidsky

Sweden’s New Government Is Part of a Scary Trend

More and more of Europe’s ruling coalitions work mathematically but not politically.

Sweden's legislature.

Sweden's legislature.

Photographer: Mikael Sjoberg/Bloomberg

Four months after its election, Sweden is finally poised to get a new government. Stefan Lofven is almost certain to remain prime minister, even though his party and its allies failed to win enough votes to be able to govern.

The protracted talks — and a similarly tortuous set of negotiations in Latvia — highlight an awkward reality in Europe: increasingly, ruling coalitions don’t stand for anything that voters can easily identify with.