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Reinfeldt keen on housework: US embassy

TT/The Local/dl · 7 Dec 2010, 09:30

Published: 07 Dec 2010 09:30 GMT+01:00

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Ahead of a meeting between Reinfeldt and Barack Obama last year, the US embassy in Stockholm sent a report to the US president describing Sweden’s foreign policy as well as the prime minister’s personality.

According to the report, which was reviewed by the Aftonbladet newspaper, “Swedish foreign policymakers are a perplexing gang”.

Obama was also told that Reinfeldt is a reserved person who “constantly talks about climate change”.

In another report, sent to Obama’s advisors, Reinfeldt is described as a leader who lets his ministers have the spotlight and prefers to govern from behind the scenes – even if he can make important decisions when it’s required.

Reinfeldt’s wife Filippa, a Moderate Party politician active in Stockholm County, is said to have a great deal of influence over her husband.

“She is his closest confidant and likely shapes his political views,” according to the US embassy report.

The American embassy also informed Obama’s advisors that Sweden’s prime minister likes to do household chores and is happy to clean in order to keep dust away from his allergy-prone children.

Sweden’s foreign policy is described in the report written for Obama as contradictory.

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“Sometimes they are quick to take a surprisingly hard line (like with Russia’s invasion of Georgia) and sometimes they are so slow that they bring EU decision makers to a standstill (like with the EU’s autonomous sanctions against Iran),” reads the report.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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10:42 December 7, 2010 by Argentina84
" Sweden's prime minister likes to do household chores and is happy to clean in order to keep dust away from his allergy-prone children."

1. 100% Swedish! ;)

2. An essential piece of information, I would say lol
10:45 December 7, 2010 by krow
My imagination is telling me that someone somewhere is asking for this guy (Assange) to be captured as soon as possible to make him keep quiet lol
10:47 December 7, 2010 by wabasha
wow what next? maybe he brushes his teeth twice a day?? shocking!
10:57 December 7, 2010 by TheOriginalBlackMan
Nämen!!! Vad tråkigt!

Det är synd att Reinfeldt är en svag man,ännu bry jag mig inte om.

Vad ska komma ut nästa?

Ska någon stiga ut skåpet?
11:23 December 7, 2010 by byke
"the US embassy in Stockholm send (SENT) a report to the US president describing Sweden's foreign policy as well as the prime minister's personality."
11:32 December 7, 2010 by truthworthy
lol this cables have been a sweet read :) thanks mr Assange.
14:34 December 7, 2010 by Syftfel
None of these reported things are a negative in my opinion. The other useless socialist creep in the picture above however carries a lot of negative baggage. He is the one we should focus on and ensure that he gets ferociously voted out of office as quickly as possible, before he does more damage. He is a treacherous, income re-distributing, unforgiving marxist who has no business being in the White House. That was perhaps THE most grave mistake in US history! Watch what he does. Not what he says.
16:45 December 7, 2010 by Tennin
So basically our prime minister is a normal Swedish guy, who isn't too macho to help around the house. Talking about the climate(weather) that's very Swedish. What's so bad about these things????
17:32 December 7, 2010 by Swedesmith
But does he crumple the toliet paper, or fold it? Inquiring minds want to know.
17:56 December 7, 2010 by Michael84
I remember not long ago reading some news here on the local that the US embassy is watching and gathering info about some people here in Sweden. The embassy later claimed that, it was for no purpose but safety of the US embassy staff and US interests in Sweden. Somebody's going to explain the threat of the prime minister to the US interests?!
21:59 December 7, 2010 by mojofat

The gravest mistake in US history was the two terms of George W. Bush, who presided over the biggest redistribution of private income ever. It was from the middle class and poor to the rich, so I guess that's okay. You should look up the definition of "marxist" before attempting to use it in a sentence.
23:03 December 7, 2010 by Alohart

U.S. conservatives like Syftfel were no longer getting the rise they desired out of their fellow travelers by referring to progressives as "liberals", so they now have escalated their inane descriptions to "socialist', "Marxist", and "communist", apparently ignorant about what these terms even mean.
01:03 December 8, 2010 by Luke35711
Wouldn't Swedes prefer that the person in charge of the whole country read a good book, a newspaper, or a textbook, instead of vacuum cleaning? I doubt PMs of competing economies waste much time for vacuum cleaning..

Many young Swedes that I know had to move abroad to get work. You have the highest youth unemployment in Europe (30%). There is huge hidden unemployment in large companies, administration, and government, too. But of course you don't talk about it. You don't like to talk about problems, do you? You don't really know how to discuss problems, do you? And, besides, that would be hard work, and you don't like that much, either, do you?

Sleep Sweden. Sleep.
20:12 December 8, 2010 by Swedish123
I mean common Sweden has big problems and the media are talking this crap.

By the way for who dont know Frederik Reinfeldt is not Swedish he is Italian origin and he is destroying my beloved Sweden with immigration.
11:27 January 2, 2011 by philster61
Reinfeldt is actually far more suited to housework than that of a Prime Minister anyway...
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