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european union

High Marks For Swedish Presidency

This is not the first time Sweden has been put at the helm of the ship of the European Union. It led the presidency in 2001 and was praised for its handling of what turned out to be a major enlargement of the Union.

And this year Sweden has been leading the European Union since the beginning of July. The Swedish presidency started as the Union was about to enter one of its most decisive phases - the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty which introduces fundamental changes to the way the Union is run.

Another important issue was and still is the forthcoming U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen in December. In addition to that, the presidency has also dealt with myriads of other minor and major issues.

So how has the Swedish presidency faired? Radio Sweden spoke to 3 European experts from around the continent.

- David Král - from the Czech organisation Europium

- Ignacio Molina - representing the Spanish centre, Real Instituto Elcano

- And Göran von Sydow from the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies.

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