In The New York Times, no less:
“There’s a sense that the government has become tired, that it’s been drifting, really,” Nicholas Aylott, a political scientist at Sodertorn University, said in an interview. “It hasn’t been clear where the Social Democrats want to lead Sweden.”
“The election’s big issue was the poor functioning of the labor market,” Mr. Aylott said. “The fact that so many people don’t have work has to be considered a major failing of the Social Democratic government, given that they’ve presided over such a long period of economic growth.”
And here’s a Reuters report on the Washington Post’s homepage. No Aylott here, though.
Finally, let’s throw in a comment in Die Zeit for good measure and call it a night:
Insgesamt war die Wahl, darüber sind sich die schwedischen Wahlbeobachter einig, ein persönliches Votum gegen Göran Persson.
Sören Holmberg would beg to differ on that conclusion.