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How did Sweden Manage the European Union? ZEI Discussion Papers: 2001, C 96

Bjurulf, Bo (2001) How did Sweden Manage the European Union? ZEI Discussion Papers: 2001, C 96. [Discussion Paper]

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    [Introduction]. From a Swedish perspective the Swedish Presidency during the spring of 2001 was the single most important European event since the accession in 1995. It has even been argued that for the first time since the Vienna conference 1814-1815 Sweden could act on equal terms with the more powerful nations in determining European security policy (Wahlbäck, 2000, p 1). This raises several questions: (1) Does the presidency, as such, carry any weight? (2) Could a small member state, like Sweden, manage the EU as well as a large one like Germany or Great Britain? Is it possible that small is more efficient? (3) Did Sweden, in the role of the Presidency, influence the policies of the European Union? (4) To what extent can a reluctant and neutral nation like Sweden manage the Common Foreign and Security Policy area despite its non-NATO membership? What about the EMU? (5) What were the national and international reactions?

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    Item Type: Discussion Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Swedish Presidency, 2001.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Council-Presidency
    Countries > Sweden
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > University of Bonn, Center for European Integration Studies > ZEI Discussion Papers
    Depositing User: Peter Zervakis
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2003
    Page Range: p. 35
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:14

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