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Carl Bildt

Carl Bildt was Sweden’s foreign minister from 2006 to October 2014, and prime minister from 1991 to 1994, when he negotiated Sweden’s EU accession.
Twitter: @carlbildt

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Can Europe build on Macron momentum?

At the start of 2017, many feared that the European project would experience a near-breakdown within the next year.

December 18, 2017

The only way forward on North Korea

Could the world soon witness another devastating war on the Korean Peninsula? That question looms large in many conversations these days. Of course, concerns about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program are nothing new.

October 26, 2017

The struggle for identity in a fast-changing world

Traveling through Germany in the run-up to its federal election next Sunday, one cannot help but be struck by the lingering signs of profound trauma from the 2015 refugee crisis.

September 18, 2017

The wrong way to prevent nuclear war

A vast majority of countries want to eliminate the existential threat of nuclear catastrophe, and rightly so. But achieving a world free of nuclear weapons is easier said than done, and there is a risk that some attempts to do so could prove self-defeating.

August 17, 2017

Turkey’s year of turmoil

It has been one year since the failed coup in Turkey, and questions about the country’s future still abound.

July 27, 2017

Brexit or breakup?

Even after abandoning its empire, the UK hesitated for decades to join Europe. But it eventually did, and in the past half-century it became a proponent of EU enlargement, and a champion of key EU policies such as the single market.

May 19, 2017

Keeping the Balkan ghosts at bay

EU leaders have suddenly awoken to new realities in the Balkans. At a recent summit, they emphasized the need for increased EU engagement to maintain stability — and to push back against Russian influence — in the region.

 

March 24, 2017

Restoring faith in globalization

I must confess that I am a firm believer in the benefits of globalization. To my mind, the gradual interlinking of regions, countries and people is the most profoundly positive development of our time.

February 17, 2017