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Party leader candidate joins Albright group

Party leader candidate joins Albright group

Published: 19 Nov 2010 10:49 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Nov 2010 10:49 GMT+01:00

Nuder was one of four new recruits for the Albright Stonebridge Group, which describes itself as "global strategy firm" and is run by the former US secretary of state.

"David Good, Oakley Johnson, Joseph Kitamirike and Pär Nuder will be invaluable additions to our global team," said Madeleine Albright in a company statement on Thursday.

"The remarkable range of experience and expertise that these individuals bring will even further enhance our ability to help our clients understand and succeed in a new global marketplace that operates at the intersection of business, government, finance and civil society."

Nuder, who served as finance minister from 2004-2006 and formerly as culture minister, was also a state secretary to former prime minister Göran Persson. He has appointed by Albright Stonebridge Group to be a senior director and will be based in Stockholm, with a focus on Scandinavia and the Baltics.

When Göran Persson quit the party leader post in 2006, Pär Nuder was named in the running but was beaten by Mona Sahlin. After Sahlin's resignation last weekend, Nuder has once again been named as a potential leader of the troubled Social Democrats, but according to media reports he has now ruled himself out of the job.

"He just laughs at the interest. He has no intention of returning to Swedish domestic politics," said an unnamed Social Democrat MP to the Expressen daily on Thursday.

Aside from his new position with the Albright Stonebridge Group, Nuder is also on the board of a slew of companies, including the crystal glass firm Örrefors Kosta Boda.

Nuder's reported disinterest in the job as Social Democrat party leader comes after other prominent candidates, Thomas Bodström and Margot Wallström, categorically ruled themselves out of the running.

Bodström is currently living with his family in the US and stated that he had no intention of cutting his stay short, while Wallström works to combat sexual violence in conflict in her role at the United Nations.

Remaining candidates include party heavyweights Thomas Östros and Sven-Erik Österberg, as well as union leader Stefan Löfven, but media focus in recent days has shifted to younger candidates Veronica Palm and Mikael Damberg.

Veronica Palm, an MP since 2002 and chair of the powerful Stockholm district of the Social Democrats, has however not declared herself as a candidate asking for more time to think about it.

Mikael Damberg and Veronica Palm, with political allegiances in the right and left of the party respectively, surprised observers by holding a joint press conference this week, prompting a debate on whether the party should consider the appointment of a joint leaders.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

13:05 November 19, 2010 by jackx123
so he joins a capitalistic organization to line his pockets nicely...... or will his renumeration be gifted to all needing people in sweden, to be in line with his "old" values.......only time will tell
15:08 November 19, 2010 by Syftfel
Madeleine Albright is hardly a "capitalistic" institution. She is an unforgiving socialist who was Secratary of State in the Clinton administration and her hoofprints are solidily to the Left. She may be able to cook a good brisket, but anyone who joins her left-wing think tank should be assumed to be a diehard socialist-marxist. As for Nuder, he probably realizes that Sweden's social dem days are permanently over, and he needs something else to do. Sweden has finally turned the page, and has firmly rejected his party! The social dems should simply disband. And those who, against all odds, subscribe to their tax-and-spend philosophies may just as well join the communists. Same difference!
15:16 November 19, 2010 by Swedesmith
I am trying to figure out from the picture which one is which.
16:22 November 19, 2010 by Morenikeji
Honestly this should be good for the Social Democrat. There is none of those old guards that worths much.They systematically betrayed the ideas and ideology of the party. I hope the rest of them clear off. The party needs new blood with new vision.
17:51 November 19, 2010 by jackx123
errr, his colleague Mr Pradman Kaul is lifting $1.8m in compensation......
00:01 November 20, 2010 by Rebel
So is Albright forgiven for her insensitive remarks about dying children in Iraq that she gave in testimony while defending the Clinton sactions?
00:05 November 20, 2010 by sgt_doom
"Madeleine Albright is hardly a "capitalistic" institution. She is an unforgiving socialist who was Secratary of State ..."

Geez, you are truly living on another planet as Albright is as neocon/neolib as they come, and that organization, both her group prior to the merging, and the Stonebridge people have some seriously anti-American, anti-democratic history.

Firstly, the head of Stonebridge (just before the US presidential election, he is Altman) was on Obama's campaign and formerly with the Blackstone Group, Peter G. Peterson's vile and evil leveraged buyout private equity firm, as Denmark knows only too well, as do many other countries and former companies.

Mona Sutphen, another neolib/warhawk, who became Obama's assistant chief of-staff under Rahm Emanuel, was also with Stonebridge.

Now Stonebridge had a strategic partnership with another Washington, D.C. lobbyist firm, the Civitas Group. You would recognize them should you ever compare a present-day photo of them and the photo of the Brooks Brothers' suit-clad mob who interfered with the Florida election re-count in that 2000 presidential election Bush stole.

Beginning to see the connections, I hope?

Albright is a warhawk and war supporter of the first order and magnitude.

If this guy joined with them, he must be one of them....

To continue on the same point as above,

Albright is also a member of the lobbyist group for the international ultra-rich, the Bretton Woods Committee.

http://www.brettonwoods.org/members/index...l_Council_Forum

They have extraordinary influence in the US Congress:

http://www.economicpopulist.org/content/wh...ederal-stimulus

Any authentic democrat and progressive in America would be extremely anti-Albright.
04:57 November 20, 2010 by jackx123
well said sgt doom.

syftfel thinks when he/she farts it makes sense true as the gospel.
14:12 November 20, 2010 by dtes
what a hag! that has gotta be the nastiest most authentic looking politician ive ever seen, what is it? that thing aint no woman thats for sure!
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