Wallström and Jämtin Close the Door

European Commission Vice President Margot Wallström seems to have definitely shut the door on all overtures to run for the leadership of Sweden’s Social Democrat party.

Wallström has been the most popular choice to take over from Göran Persson, despite having said on several occasions that she would prefer to finish her job in Brussels. Now she has formally told the party Selection Committee that she is not standing for the leadership.

That would seem to be more than a strategic expression of playing hard to get.

Meanwhile, the second most popular candidate, former Development Aid Minister Carin Jämtin, has now formally resigned from her seat in parliament, which confirms her previous statements that she is also not seeking the party leadership.