• Sweden edition
 
SOCIAL DEMOCRATS IN TURMOIL
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)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

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!
Today's headlines
Elections 2014
'Sweden Democrats hold the key to elections'
Jimmie Åkesson. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

'Sweden Democrats hold the key to elections'

With national elections around the corner, political scientist Stig-Björn Ljunggren says there's a hive of activity behind the scenes, and that the right-wing nationalist party could end up being the key player. READ  

Swedish artist jailed for 'race hate' pictures
Police arrested Dan Park (pictured) and confiscated his art works at an exhibition opening on July 5th. Photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT

Swedish artist jailed for 'race hate' pictures

A Malmö court has sentenced Swedish street artist Dan Park to six months in jail for incitement to racial agitation and defamation. READ  

Sweden Floods
Flooding closes roads in central Sweden
Photo: TT

Flooding closes roads in central Sweden

UPDATED: Sections of the highway in Värmland have been closed off due to flooding, and several trains are standing still. Authorities say the situation will get worse before it gets better. READ  

Elections 2014
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Casting a vote. Photo: Shutterstock

Sweden elections: How do they work?

National, regional, and local elections are taking place in Sweden on September 14th. Whether you're a first-time voter or a fresh armchair observer, The Local's beginners' guide will answer the key questions you were too afraid to ask. READ  

Sweden orders textbook on Roma discrimination
A Romani language class in Malmö. Photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT

Sweden orders textbook on Roma discrimination

The Swedish government has asked a new commission to create school materials based on a white paper documenting Swedish discrimination of Roma. READ  

Day-care rapist
Day-care rape suspect 'was mentally ill'
Photo: TT

Day-care rape suspect 'was mentally ill'

Social services have ruled that a day-care intern charged with molesting 14 children in southern Sweden was "seriously mentally disturbed". READ  

What's On in Sweden

What's On in Sweden

Autumn has arrived in Sweden, which means grey skies are approaching. But summer goes out with a skip, hop, and a bang - the annual Color Run is taking place in Stockholm this weekend. READ  

Surströmmingspremiär
Swedes celebrate first day of smelly fish season
Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

Swedes celebrate first day of smelly fish season

On the third Thursday of each August, Swedes celebrate the start of the fermented herring season. The Local finds out more about the worst-smelling food on earth, and collects some of the best reaction videos. READ  

Spotify founders win 'Expats of the Year'
Crown Princess Victoria and Spotify co-founder Martin Lorentzon Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Spotify founders win 'Expats of the Year'

Spotify founders Martin Lorentzon and Daniel Ek won the International Swede of the Year award (Årets svensk i världen) on Wednesday for their work in making the world's music accessible to the world. READ  

Top ministers count cost of 'less secure world'
Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

Top ministers count cost of 'less secure world'

Foreign and Finance Ministers Carl Bildt and Anders Borg held a press conference on Wednesday to discuss how Sweden was being affected by a "less secure" world, and how it would foot the bill for a growing influx of refugees. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching August 20th
Society
Did you know the Bronx in NYC was named after a Swede?
Politics
"Iraq reminds me of the Yugoslav wars. It's the same story."
Society
Swedes slam Danes for 'racist' art
National
Majority of Swedes favour more or just as many refugees
Blog updates

17 August

Sea Fever (Around Sweden in a kayak) »

"I’m going to keep this post short and sweet as its not something I take any pleasure in writing. After much deliberation I have made the heartbreaking decision to abandon my trip after 1200km due to reoccurring injury. It is not a decision I have made lightly and it is one that has been truly devastating..." READ »

 

17 August

St. Louis strong (Blogweiser) »

"It’s typically a bad sign when my hometown makes news in Sweden. St. Louis was in the headlines here a few years ago when a tornado struck the airport. The city also caught attention after a politician talked about ‘legitimate rape’. Now, shooting and riots this week in Ferguson, a part of St. Louis, are..." READ »

 
 
 
Society
Lock your bathrooms: Swedish toilet invader on the the loose
Politics
'Assange will not leave until safe'
Gallery
See more images from the southern Sweden floods
Sponsored Article
Find out what gives this Swedish school executive appeal
Society
Serial chicken smuggler caught at Norway border. Again.
Society
This gold coin may be the key to solving a Swedish massacre
Shutterstock
Lifestyle
The Swedish mentor (and why you may need one)
National
Food agency warns girls: 'Don't eat stinky fish'
Politics
Reinfeldt calls for tolerance to refugees
Gallery
People-watching August 16-17
National
Sweden celebrates 200 years of peace
Society
Top ten literal Swedish words
Politics
'Terror training should be illegal': Liberal Party
Gallery
Swedes talk about 200 years of national peace
Politics
Islamic extremist shakes Sweden with TV threat
National
Teacher fined for 'Hitler salute' in German class
National
Swede asks for epidural and gets disinfectant
Features
Kiruna residents talk life in a town on the move
National
Swedish dad takes kids to Israel to learn about war
Skatteverket
Sponsored Article
Introducing... ID cards and permits in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

693
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se