Prime Minister Göran Persson

Persson Expresses Fears of a Federal Europe

Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson expressed fears of a federal Europe after the European Commission head withdrew his proposed team of commissioners before a vote of confidence in the European Parliament he looked set to lose.

Incoming EU executive chief Jose Manuel Barroso withdrew his proposed team amid controversy over his choice for justice chief, Rocco Buttiglione, who has sparked a storm with controversial comments on homosexuals and women.

Göran Persson told reporters that he did not ”want to have an EU where the parliament develops into a power that has the same powers as national assemblies to dismiss and appoint ministers. He added that ”if that happens, then we have a federal development in Europe, and I definitely don’t want that.”

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