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Swedish traffic charges hit local opposition

Drowned by international coverage of Sweden's euro referendum at the weekend, a series of local polls concurrently registered overwhelming opposition to capital Stockholm's plans to introduce a congestion charging on motor vehicles from 2005. Citizens in twelve local authority areas voted on the recently adopted plan, and all rejected it by margins as high as 90%. The results appear to have provoked a squabble among local politicians as to whether the project has sufficient "regional" implications to warrant the involvement of voters outside the capital. See Dagens Nyheter article.

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