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Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | 07/01/2009

A challenge for Europe in Gaza

Given the present power vacuum in the US the EU will play a leading role at the meeting of the UN Security Council on the Gaza conflict taking place today, the daily Dagens Nyheter writes. "This is basically a positive development. There has long been talk of the EU and the US joining forces to achieve something - the Europeans mainly through their contacts with the Palestinians and the Americans through their contacts with Israel. But as often happens when the EU is called on to act on the international stage, the problem is that such action requires unity if Europe's voice is to be heard and taken seriously. The normal state of affairs is divided [opinions]. As regards the Middle East for example, some states are openly critical of Israel while others tend to side with Washington when it comes to foreign policy issues. ... And to be frank: The EU is not the only one with such problems. There is also a certain lack of consensus among the other players."

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | 08/08/2008

Sharper looks

Per Ahlin, author of the leader in the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, stresses that the decision to award the Olympic Games to Beijing has served to focus the world's attention on the situation in China. "I think that what has been said and done in the past year could have a lasting impact. A well-known example of this is how Beijing, afraid that a widespread boycott could ruin the celebrations, toned down its opposition to international involvement in Darfur. But more important in my opinion are all the looks that have turned towards China - looks that would otherwise have been turned elsewhere. As a result it is no longer possible to talk of China's economic miracle without mentioning human rights and the destruction of the environment. The other side of the coin has become more visible to all thanks to the Olympic Games. The Chinese leadership did not reckon with this when it rejoiced over the decision to award the Games to Beijing."

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | 15/09/2006

Sweden votes

Columnist Per Ahlin notes that international issues have been almost entirely ignored in the Swedish election campaign. He cites the deployment of Swedish troops in Afghanistan as an example, pointing out that while Swedish politicians are locked in endless discussions about unemployment figures and educational policy, the future of the NATO mission remains entirely unclear. The US wants member states to commit more troops but NATO partners are either reluctant or simply lack the necessary resources. "But the entire future of NATO and even of the entire world order is at stake here. This conflict could represent a death-blow to a world order based on international cooperation."

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