What a strange story that was. As in all government formations there have been many speculations about how portfolios in the new Swedish government under Fredrik Reinfeldt will be distributed among the four parties and who will get the individual portfolios.
One long-shot rumour which was aired at an early stage was that Fredrik Reinfeldt would have to turn to his pre-predecessor Carl Bildt in order to fill the post as Foreign Minister.
The real surprise at this moment isn’t that the story has re-appeared but that Jyllands-Posten was the first media to publish it on Thursday evening. As a rumour it has little interest for Danish media but Swedish media such as Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet and Sveriges Television have duly reported the story.
According to Expressen, the leader of the Liberal Party Lars Leijonborg is slated to become Minister for Education. I find it likely that the Liberals would want the Education portfolio given that the party has prioritised education policy but if Mr. Leijonborg is the most likely candidate remains to be seen.
My two safe, but not surprising guesses are that the Centre Party will get Trade and Industry – or perhaps Trade, Industry and Regional Development – while the Christian Democrats will get Social Affairs as their profile portfolio.
Foreign Affairs and Finance are two high maintenance portfolios that party leaders would be well advised to stay clear of unless they could get substantial assistance.
Proportinality is another matter: A guess could be 10 portfolios for the Conservatives, 4 for the Centre Party, 3 for the Liberals and 3 for the Christian Democrats.