Sweden speaks up in Europe
The German and Swedish finance ministers, Peer Steinbrueck and Anders Borg, openly criticized the European Commission, accusing it of posing too many problems on the case of the national aid plans to the banks. From a Swedish point of view, it is interesting that minister Borg is criticising the commission so openly, in his opinion on how to restore confidence in the credit system.
Increasingly the center-right government has very active and very critical of policies in Europe. Another example is when Trade minister Ewa Björling criticises the ban on Swedish exports of the smokeless tobacco known as snus.
Despite of opinion in those particular issues, it can be regarded as positive that Sweden increasingly uses its voice as a member. That is quite a change.
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