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Katzeff Silberstein, Benjamin

Columnist Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

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Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | 18/09/2012

Historical traumas can be overcome

The new conflict over an group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea clearly demonstrates the weight of the past, the liberal daily Svenska Dagbladet writes: "The anti-Japan demonstrations defy all logic. China is Japan's biggest trading partner, and Japan China's second biggest. ... But the protests do illustrate how burdensome historical trauma can be. The protest marches at Japan's behaviour in the conflict over the islands bring to mind the widespread anger at Japan's imperialist raids in China in the 1930s and 40s. ... Are we destined to accept that although we can fly to the moon, we can't free ourselves of the burden of history? No, other historical conflicts have been resolved and buried. But this has only been accomplished with a huge amount of effort."

Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | 12/09/2012

Supervisory authority won't help Eurozone

A central bank supervisory authority won't solve Europe's problems either, the conservative daily Svenska Dagbladet fears: "Not even an exorbitantly large authority could have a complete overview of the European banking system. The risks would be reduced, but total control is impossible. And other factors that have eased the situation in the short term are worrying in the long term. The ECB's announcement that it will begin unlimited government bond purchases has soothed the markets. But those countries that need help must fulfil the stringent terms of the ECB and the IMF, and the interventions in the internal affairs of the individual states could be extensive. … Where the demands of the ECB and IMF go against the voters' will, calls for an exit from the euro could become louder. … The apparently necessary policy for saving the EU risks dividing the EU."

Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | 04/08/2011

Uninspired China copies Ikea

The Swedish furniture giant Ikea plans to take action against a furniture shop in China that according to media reports is built exactly like the Swedish furniture stores. For the conservative daily Svenska Dagbladet the Ikea copy is symptomatic of a fundamental Chinese dilemma: "Despite China's size and growth it produces very few revolutionary business ideas like Ikea. This means that China will face major challenges in the future. ... The country produces few new products, and lacks all powers of innovation. ... The basic problem of the Chinese economy can't be solved by a central plan. As long as China lacks the culture of innovation that countries like Sweden and the US have fostered for so long, it will fail to have its own success stories like Ikea."

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