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Malmström is Europe's new trade minister

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Malmström is Europe's new trade minister
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13:25 CEST+02:00
Cecilia Malmström was given the post of the EU's Trade Minister on Wednesday, marking the Swedish politician's second term in the European Commission.

The posting was announced by the president of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker.

Malmström, a member of Sweden's Liberal Party (Folkpartiet), took to Twitter to say that she was honoured by the nomination and that she considered trade to be a vital part of Europe's economic recovery. 

The five-year term will mark the second for Malmström, who was once referred to by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt as a "convinced Europhile".She served the previous term as the EU's Home Affairs Commissioner. 

Malmström, who lives with her husband and their twins in Brussels, has previously said her interest in European politics was awakened at an early age by a visit to the cemeteries near the beaches of Normandy where thousands of soldiers had perished during World War II.

Learn more about Malmström, a past Swede of the Week on The Local

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