An emerging party in Sweden, known as Nuance (Nyans), which appeals to Turkish Muslims and other domestic Islamic communities, seeks to gain the required 4% vote needed for representation in Sweden’s parliament. The Islamic party wants to give Muslims the status of an official minority, and also seeks “federal punishment for (so-called) Islamophobia.”
REMIX News Nuance leader Mikail Yüksel announced (in front of his 200 supporters on TikTok) that the party had already displayed campaign posters in Turkey, and is preparing to run in the 2022 Swedish parliamentary elections.
Nuance itself is not an entirely new party. It was originally founded by Yüksel in 2019 following his expulsion from the Centre Party, due to associations with the Turkish ultranationalist movement known as the Gray Wolves.
In an interview with the Daily Sabah, the politician claimed that he was forced out for refusing to speak against Turkey and its authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Before his expulsion, Yüksel was set to be the number one party candidate in European Parliamentary elections.
On the Nuance website, the party claims that it represents all Swedes, regardless of their religion. Their campaign areas focus on education, the pension system, migration, integration, and religion.
Yet the Islam party in Belgium is all about imposing Islamic rules of order:
“Our goal is not to make Sweden a second France,” Yüksel said. In foreign policy, Nuance is pro-Palestinian but condemns anti-Semitism. It views the European Union positively but rejects the adoption of the euro. Magnus Norell, researcher at the Washington Institute, associates Nuance with small European parties that enjoy the preferential treatment of Turkish ruler Erdoğan.
Four years previously, on Albanian television, Yüksel revealed his intentions to support European parties that share an ideology parallel to Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP). In addition to political parties, he also supports various non-profit organizations, including imams operating in European mosques.
An Islamic Party was previously formed in Sweden under the name Jasin, which sought strict adherence to Sharia law. While this party failed politically, Nuance can be viewed as a second attempt (only with a more liberal facade). There is considerable potential for Nuance to succeed, as over 800,000 Muslims currently live in Sweden (about 8 percent of the population). Of this total, roughly 50,000 originate from Turkey.