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Sahlin urges tougher EU fiscal sanctions

TT/The Local · 7 Aug 2010, 12:08

Published: 07 Aug 2010 12:08 GMT+02:00

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In her new book, Möjligheternas land (‘Land of Possibilities’), Sahlin argues that countries failing to fulfil the criteria laid out in the European Union’s stability pact should be denied access to EU financial support mechanisms such as agricultural subsidies and development funds.

“If the stability pact is to be anything more than just nice words on a page then it must mean more than ink it’s written with,” she told Dagens Nyheter.

“I think the time is now ripe to have the debate about these issues that for many years the EU has not dared to deal with,” she added.

Minister for Finance Anders Borg, a delegate in the group currently negotiating a new EU system of sanctions, indicated that the opposition leader may have missed the thrust of recent discussions on the subject.

“These are exactly the kinds of measures under consideration in the group and it’s good that the Social Democrats have realized this,” Borg told Dagens Nyheter.

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Your comments about this article

14:57 August 7, 2010 by McChatter
Thanks, Mona, you cheered up a dull day.

Where do we start? Italy, or Greece, Rumania or maybe France?

And what kind of sanctions does Mona advocate? Ejection?

How naive can you get?
16:51 August 7, 2010 by IWP
Dear God, save us from these Sweedle idiots and their PR soudbites! If only she had suggested tough action against those member states that continually and repeatedly flaunt EC laws, regulations and directives. Sweden would have been first in the firing line then.
19:12 August 7, 2010 by Beavis
In book Mona also discussed designer bag shopping and how a lampost got 200,000 fans compared to her 20,000. Everyone knows that lampost would do a far better job running the country.
21:33 August 7, 2010 by Syftfel
If this is what she can produce in terms of statesmanship, heaven help us! Why doesn't someone instruct her to go away. She's an embarassment. Her own scandal-scarred past ought to be enough to tell us what type of leader she would be. Remember, September 12th.
03:31 August 8, 2010 by JoeSwede
How have the social democrats done with keeping a budget and a growing economy & growing competitiveness?

Her points are very similar to the ones put forth by Anna Kinberg.

All the comments are easy to say in with 20/20 hindsight. Who was making the statements during the boom years?
09:23 August 8, 2010 by rugla
God helps us from this waste of space politician! She should urge to curve abuse, go after the Hells Angels boss for false welfare claims and the many others.

Stimulate the economy, by lowering taxes and foment the growth of small businesses, do something to get young graduates get jobs, this you can at least have some control , starting with other countries, just shows how stupid she is!
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