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Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The 20th anniversary of the death of Olof Palme

Twenty years ago, social democrat Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot dead on the street. His murderer was never caught. The murder was a turning point in Swedish politics. Palme's biographer, Claes Arvidsson, points out that Sweden is still marked by Palme's policies, for example in its neutrality. "Palme was an exceptional politician at an exceptional time - with both a dark and a light side. There's the image of Palme as an aggressive politician who fought for his own ideas. And it's true, he was. But it's also true that he didn't fight to push through his personal opinions in three of the major issues of the time: EU membership, employee funds and nuclear power... The party and state power came first."

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