Split Over Future EU President

Swedish political observers maintain that this Nordic nation has made up its mind about the role of a future president and foreign minister in the European Union - favoring the attitude of the smaller nations wanting limited powers to safeguard the interests of the smaller states.

Such smaller EU nations as Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands have written a letter to Sweden as the present EU president warning of giving too strong powers to future leaders. They are to be appointed if the Lisbon treaty finally is adopted.

The larger EU members reportedly favor heavy-weight politicians taking command - replacing the present system of rotating the presidency every six months between EU nations.

Candidates for top EU positions are to be discussed here in Sweden at an EU summit meeting at the end of this month, but Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt says as the present EU president, he does not want to make any comment on his preferences for a permanent successor.

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