Reinfeldt and Wallström praise EU

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and European Commissioner Margot Wallström have come together to praise the European Union in a joint opinion article published in Saturday's Dagens Nyheter.

Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the European bloc, Reinfeldt and Wallström, recently appointed foreign policy advisor to the opposition Social Democrats, put party differences aside to write of their shared vision for the EU.

“A globalized world requires a strong, open and dynamic Europe that can deliver concrete results,” they write.

But, they add, change will be needed for the EU to be able to handle the economy, the environment, employment, immigration, democracy and security. There are too many unnecessary obstacles to freedom of movement within the single market, the pair claim.

The European Economic Community was established by the Treaty of Rome, which was signed on March 25th 1957 by Germany, France, Italy and the Benelux countries. Sweden joined the grouping, by then known as the European Union, in 1995.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that former Prime Minister Göran Persson wanted Wallström to succeed him as Social Democrat party leader. In the fourth part of a TV programme documenting his years in power, Persson says that he asked Wallström to return from Brussels to take a ministerial post in 2004, with a view to her taking over his job in due course. But, according to Persson, Wallström refused to return.