Dividing We Fall
The year 2009 is drawing to a close, and so is the Swedish presidency of the European Union. All the important summits, glitzy conferences and obligatory photo-ops are behind us and it’s time to summarize.
How did it all go?
Svenska Dagbladet asked a number of experts to evaluate the Swedish presidency, and overall the Reinfeldt got a passing grade. David Král from the independent research institute Europeum in Prague is quoted as saying that after the — shall we say “weak”? — Czech presidency during the first half of 2009, Sweden managed to reestablish the credibility of mall countries and their ability to lead the Union.
One of the few points where Král is critical of the Swedish presidency, is the suggestion to make Palestinian demands to divide Jerusalem official EU policy. In Král’s view, this weakened Europe’s role as a broker in the peace process.
The whole article can be read here.
Entry filed under: Politics.