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Malmström handed weighty policy portfolio

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 27 Nov 2009, 12:50

Published: 27 Nov 2009 12:50 GMT+01:00

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Barroso presented his 27 person team, and the policy portfolios allocated to each of them, for the mandate period 2009-2014, at a lunchtime press conference.

He announced his decision to divide the justice and home affairs commissioner portfolios and Swedish commissioner-designate Cecilia Malmström has been offered the home affairs role, according to a European Commission statement.

The post is considered to be one of the more heavyweight jobs on offer and one of the areas that Sweden had previously expressed an interest in.

Malmström's portfolio includes justice authorities such as Europol, the narcotics bureau ECNN, the border-control authority Frontex, the Schengen system and visa issues.

The new EU Commission will have 7 vice-presidents, including Vice-President Baroness Catherine Ashton, who was presented last week as the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

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Cecilia Malmström is currently Sweden's EU affairs minister and will succeed Social Democrat politician Margot Wallström, who is approaching the end of her second term as EU commissioner.

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14:14 November 27, 2009 by Plowbridge
Police, migration and organized crime? These are the ones that Sweden has shown to be completely unproductive on over the years. Some say clueless!

Still a bit of diplomacy and a lot of Hmmmm's should get her through her spell.

No wonder Britain doesn't want to be part of any federation run by bureaucratic diplomats at the helm.
18:26 November 27, 2009 by double concerto
Police, migration and organised crime, in the hands of a wet swedish liberal...god help what's left of civilised europe.
19:10 November 27, 2009 by Nemesis
I hope this is mean't to be a joke story.

In Sweden criminals have carte blanche to do as they please.
19:37 November 27, 2009 by lingonberrie
She will do as well as or better than anyone else who has held the slot.

Look at the larger picture, however.

The Bilderbergs have filled a seat with Baroness Catherine Ashton,

a VP of the EU Commission, now sitting as the High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, to continue to implement the New World Order European Union mandate, so everything looks grand for their continued hegemony, and their continued cowing/collusion of/with the so-called superpower, and the so-called Western group of 7, soon becoming the group of 20, but with the notable exceptions of Russia and China who are not under their control.

India is becoming a military and economic power, so where they will stand is anyone's guess but controlling that vast and populous Far Eastern country with their plethora of ethnicities and religions will be daunting to impossible.

How the powers-that-are machination's will play-out during the continuing American Depression, and their Middle East and on-going and expanding Forever Wars, and with AIPAC pushing for an invasion of Iran, will be interesting in 2010.

Malmstrom's portfolio, in this light, is banal at best.
21:50 November 27, 2009 by double concerto
Lingonberrie is on the right track, and the slide of the US and Europe into second rate ungovernable liberal impotence is creating a vacuum worldwide, currently being filled by several extreme players and the next few years are going to throw up a lot of bad and dangerous surprises for the west, all of its own making.
00:38 November 28, 2009 by lingonberrie
Double Concerto

One way to flush the AIPAC and CIA plants out of their sewers is to write something which hints of the book: The Rise of The Fourth Reich.

Nemesis and his/her/it ilk are as well detailed in an excellent essay that Maureen Orth wrote in Vanity Fair a few months ago that covers very well how the United States uses the Internet to track, record and to shut-down PCs that get too close to inflaming the masses with the truth, and how many are planted to watch and record, as does the NSA.

Not to worry, though, the Rise of The Fourth Reich was on the New York Times best-seller list for months, and judging by the lack of reaction to that book during their present wars for Empire, and their abysmal economy, the feckless masses are either in a catatonic state or in denial, and more likely, as rabidly nationalistic as they were in 2001. That is, those who are still eating and who have a roof over their head.

However, many of Obama's base are deserting him because they now realize that his rhetoric was jive to enable him to gain the throne, and once seated he did just exactly what bush did with Wall Street and with Afghanistan, that is: gave the former trillions of tax money and surged the latter, first with 19,000 and now with an expected 35,000more troops,

and counting. The United States Army is about to come undone at the seams with 4 to 5 deployments in succession of the same troops.

The French Foreign Legion they are not.

Many of Obama's starry-eyed supporters are now frothing at the mouth over his duplicity.

Check the New York Times War blog for authentication.

Poor saps, they do not have a clue about who is the real power.
09:20 November 28, 2009 by Nemesis
@ lingonberrie

I see your friends at the local have deleted my previous comment, suggesting you see a psychiatrist for putting up crazy conspiracy theories. Styrangely at the local they do not delete your obviously unhinged american conspiracy theory.

That I have taken note of.
23:31 November 28, 2009 by karex

I have had a bad feeling about Obama from the beginning. Nothing I can put my finger on. Call it hocus-pocus, gut feeling or whatever you want.

In any case, the only relevance of my comment to follow to the above statement is to point out that I am not an Obama supporter.

However, you display the same short-sightedness as many millions of people around the world who are unhappy about how their government is running things. These people always jump to voting for the opposition when this happens. Never happy, always complaining.

Same situation goes for those who criticize the curent government in Sweden.

There's only one thing people often forget to look at: the mess is usually created over years, sometimes even decades. It takes AT LEAST twice as long to fix a mess than it does to create it in the first place.

You can't just reverse everything from one day to the other. Bad decisions were taken to implement policy which is now ingrained in the system. Reverse or pull out one piece unxepectedly and you can create a collapse of the whole system. Things have to be done slowly.

People seem to want their newly-elected to perform miracles and fix all the mess overnight. When they can't do that, the people get impatient and vote again on the ones who created the mess in the first place.

This creates two situations:

1. You never give anyone enough time to fix the mess.

2. You perpetuate the mess you are against in the first place.
07:59 November 30, 2009 by lingonberrie
Karek politely offers constructive criticism, thus my "friends" at the Local print his comment.

Take note of that, as well.

Both of you should reread 'double concerto's ' comment # five to regain perspective.

The American political system for the last 40 plus years to the present has produced a corruption that neither Obama or anyone else will change until something new occurs. The disaffected and angry masses recently reacted to that fact by calling for anarchy in an recent NYTs blog, and one poster agreed that the only way to disinfect the corruption is for the system to fail.

Dangerous surprises, indeed, and ones of which might be upon them before years elapse. The people are fed-up with lies, greed, wars, unemployment, lack of affordable health-care and the same old, same old politics that promises to change all of that and does the same..
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