Sweden, one of only two other current EU members outside the single currency block is going to the p...
Sweden, one of only two other current EU members outside the single currency block is going to the polls one month from today in a referendum that could significantly influence the debate here in the UK.
According to the latest polls, the "No" campaign leads by a mile, while the ruling Social Democrat government is split down the middle as ministers increasingly publicly reject prime minister Goran Persson's pressure for them to fall in line behind the "Yes" vote.
According to the latest poll from Sweden's biggest morning daily broadsheet Dagens Nyheter, the "No" vote leads by 49% to 35% with 16% still undecided.
That is a huge drop off in support for the "Yes" vote since June, when a similar survey showed that Swedes were in favour of the euro by 51% to 35%.
The change means that to win, the prime minister and his supporters must swing nearly 25,000 additional voters to their way of thinking every day until the referendum takes place on 14 September, says Dagens Nyheter.
And that will be no easy task.
For example, the Swedish equivalent of the TUC has thrown its weight behind the "Yes" vote, saying it would be better for Swedish industry to be within the single currency block than remain outside.
But a survey has shown that more than 54% of trades union members are still against adopting the euro, despite what their collective bargaining representatives are telling the government otherwise.
The split within the country's ruling party is also getting increasingly dirty.
Just this week, deputy prime minister and anti-euro campaigner Margareta Winberg said in a newspaper interview that she felt she was being unfairly "diminished and provoked" by supporters of her own prime minister.
The day after the article was published, Winberg's spokesperson sent a note to the newspaper concerned claiming that the she was "misunderstood". Winberg did not seek to blame prime minister Persson, the note said, but rather two particular Swedish Social Democrat members of the European Parliament, who had publicly demanded that anti-euro MPs should not make public statements about their views.
Meanwhile, former Social Democrat party secretary and ex-foreign minister Sten Andersson has publicly threatened to swing his support behind the "No" vote unless Persson changes his strategy. He is particularly critical of the prime minister's attempts to stifle debate within his own party.
All of this is taking place in a country supposed to be known for its consensus-driven politics and placid view of the outside world.
The lessons are unlikely to be lost on Tony Blair's Labour party.
A victory snatched from the jaws of defeat by the "Yes" supporters in Sweden might increase pressure on Blair and chancellor Gordon Brown to revisit their economic "tests" and force the UK government off the fence on what ultimately is a political gamble.
But these two men will be acutely aware of the bile brought forth in the current Swedish campaign, and will be all too aware of how Europe split Major's Tory government in the 1990s.
Labour is currently seen to be unlikely to push for a referendum before the next general election, particularly with big questions hanging over economic growth forecasts and the way it is handling basic tax-and-spend policies.
Whatever the decision on timing for a UK referendum, the debate here is likely to use Sweden very much as a template.
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