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foreign policy

War of words over Egypt

Published onsdag 16 februari 2011 kl 15.15
"They have a bad conscience"
(4:37 min)

Was Sweden - and its Foreign Minister Carl Bildt - too soft on the old Egyptian regime, refusing to call for Mubarak's departure even after hundreds of thousands had been demonstrating against him? That is certainly what the Social Democrats' foreign policy spokesman, Urban Ahlin, says.

"We are the ones who have been helping those regimes to stay in power. We have been short-sighted, looking for stability."

But the foreign minister is not ready to be told off like this - Carl Bildt comes out swinging, saying that the Social Democrats have a "guilty conscience", since their Socialist International also included Mubarak's political party until recently.

Urban Ahlin accepts that this is correct - but that the Swedish Social Democrats have tried to set up an ethics committee in order to clean up the International.

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