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Not helpful NEW
A Northern Perspective 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 3 Hours ago
(All links -unfortunately- go to Swedish language sites) At the European Parliament elections in 2009 the participation ratio increased to 45.53 % from 37.85 % in 2004. Not a very encouraging figure but nevertheless a clear increase. For 2014 a low p...
Test post after crash NEW
A Northern Perspective 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
This is a test post after the big crash.
A new beginning? NEW
A Northern Perspective 1 Year, 7 Months, 4 Days, 12 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
For test purposes only I kvällsnyheterna i österrikisk teve lyssnar jag till en österrikisk europaparlamentariker som är ytterst kritisk till det budgetförslag som rådet just kommit överens om. Någon framtids...
Line breaks NEW
A Northern Perspective 4 Years, 10 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
The solution applied to the posting “Back to 1397″ is just a kludge and does not solve my problem. Obviously this is a wellknown bug and WordPress apparently does nothing to solve it. I continue trying to find a solution.
The most wanted autograph! NEW
A Northern Perspective 4 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
According to “Der Standard”, Klaus signed the Treaty at 1500H today.a href=”http://derstandard.at/fs/1256743896928/Lissabon-Vertrag-Vaclav-Klaus-unterschrieb-EU-Vertrag”...
Back to 1397! NEW
A Northern Perspective 4 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Previous post on this blog discussed pros and mostly cons of a deepened Nordic cooperation within EU (including two non-members). But there are those who want to go further. In a recent article in DN (SW) which drew a lot of attention, the aut...
Scattered showers NEW
A Northern Perspective 4 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 6 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Do you know what Sweden and Finland have in common with Azerbaijan, Congo, Lichtenstein, Monaco and Tajikistan? Perhaps quite a lot but they are also members of the exclusive group of 22 countries which have paid their UN contributions in full. Among...
Pandora’s box? NEW
A Northern Perspective 4 Years, 10 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 45 Minutes ago
President Klaus seems to be looking for an exit strategy. Apparently he has explained in a radio interview that his famous “footnote” can also be added to the next Treaty that will have to be ratified by all member states, for instance in...
Unstoppable train? NEW
A Northern Perspective 4 Years, 11 Months, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Swedish Radio reports that according to an interview published today (17/10 2009) President Klaus  says that the “Lisbon Treaty has gone to far to be stopped at this moment however much some of us would like it.” This is the link to the...
Too much optimism NEW
A Northern Perspective 4 Years, 11 Months, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
Commenters and politicians in Europe appear to take the final  ratification of the Lisbon Treaty for granted. Speculations, nominations and campaigning for the top posts is rampant. The Czech President is not taken seriously and an object of ridicul...
Spirits from the vastly deep NEW
A Northern Perspective 4 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 1 Minute ago
GLENDOWER: I can call spirits from the vastly deep HOTSPUR: Why, so can I, so can any man. But will they come when you do call for them? (Henry IV, Act III) The content of the “footnote” that President Klaus wants to introduce in the Lisb...
The good soldier Svejk or just a stubborn old man? NEW
A Northern Perspective 4 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
A stubborn old man, of course. Czech president Vaclav Klaus shows his contempt for the EU presidency by refusing to talk  (SW) to Mr Reinfeldt, presently the President of the European Council. According to Mr. Reinfeldt, however, President Klaus in...
Accelerating continental drift NEW
A Northern Perspective 4 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
A press release from the Swedish EU Presidency tells us: EU and Australia move closer to one another.  What will happen when they collide?
How Russian is it? NEW
A Northern Perspective 4 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 20 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
I see in the EU Observer that Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt is seen “as too young by some EU officials” with respect to the job as the new EU “Foreign Minister.” The guy is 60. He is also considered as too “anti-Ru...
The post Lisbon Union NEW
A Northern Perspective 4 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
So the Irish have voted and agreed to ratify the Lisbon Treaty. In addition President Kaczyñski of Poland has promised to sign, maybe even this week. The reality is that the future of the Union then lies in the hand of one single man and not a very...
Another perspective! NEW
A Northern Perspective 5 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 16 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
There seems to be very few Swedish Euroblogs focusing on an international audience and my own modest attempts are quite irregular and ad hoc. Only recently was  I made aware of an excellent Swedish blog in English language called Mats Engström on E...
“it was a huge swindling” NEW
A Northern Perspective 5 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 11 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
 Mohammad Ali Abtahi “‘Worst than that, one of my friends who lives in Germany told me once that there they have a kind of sausage which is made of pork’s blood!! I didn’t let him continue the story since I was sure that I won...
Election reaction NEW
A Northern Perspective 5 Years, 3 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 11 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Just a quick comment to the results of yesterday’s EP election. Contrary to the general trend the participation rate in Sweden increased from 37.8 % to 43.1. In all likelihood this is mainly a result of the appearance of the Pirate Party which...
Helpful? NEW
A Northern Perspective 5 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 8 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
One week before election day it may well be that previous estimates of participation rates in Sweden will turn out to have been way too low. It is true that TV-debates between party leaders mainly focus on domestic policy issues and that many people...
Not helpful NEW
A Northern Perspective 5 Years, 4 Months, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
In an interview with the Swedish Daily Dagens Industri, the Swedish Prime Minister Mr. Reinfeldt says (my translation) that “the voters are rational, they realize that the EU election is not (as) decisive for their everyday life and for the fut...