The Sweden Democrats’ Election Breakthrough Followed a Familiar Script

The Sweden Democrats’ Election Breakthrough Followed a Familiar Script
The leader of the Sweden Democrats, Jimmie Akesson, celebrates at the party’s election night headquarters in Nacka, near Stockholm, Sweden, Sept. 11, 2022. (TT News Agency photo by Stefan Jerrevång via AP).

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered her annual State of the European Union speech to the EU Parliament this week, where she spoke of the EU’s solidarity and invigoration following the outbreak of war in Ukraine. But the rise of the far right in Italy and Sweden may undercut her message of unity.

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