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Sweden More Influential Abroad - Freivalds

Published torsdag 6 oktober 2005 kl 13.25

Sweden’s foreign minister, Laila Freivalds, says Swedish foreign policy carries more weight in international affairs today, than it did 30 years ago.

Speaking at the opening of the Swedish Institute for International Affairs, she highlighted several examples of the way in which EU decisions have been strongly influenced by Stockholm.

Addressing the issue of NATO membership, Freivalds said that it would have been more natural for Sweden to have become a member during the Cold War, when there was a real threat from the Soviet Union , than it would be to join today.

Sweden’s influence abroad under the current foreign minister has been criticised for being pale in comparison to that of Olof Palme’s government during the 1970’s.

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