"Sweden starts a 'revolution of openness' in EU" (The Independent, 5 January 2001)
"Pragmatism rules as Swedes fly EU flag" (
Financial Times, 30 December 2000)

See also: Swedish EU Presidency web site

EU leaders push for accelerated enlargement

From Financial Times, 18 June 2001

By Peter Norman in Gothenburg

European leaders made the process of enlarging the 15-nation European Union "irreversible" over the weekend by committing themselves to take in new members from southern and eastern Europe in about three years' time.

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Swedish achievements- mainly environmental?

From The Irish Times, 18 June 2001

From Denis Staunton, in Gothenburg

EU leaders agreed to give the environment equal status with economic and social policy when formulating policy.

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Swedish Presidency a success

From The Irish Times, 18 June 2001

From Denis Staunton, in Gothenburg

But the dramatic scenes on Friday night should not obscure the significance of the summit, which represented a resounding success for Sweden's EU Presidency and marked an important stage on the path to EU enlargement.

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From the archive:

Europe searches for unity with multiple identities by John Palmer

May 1999


Nordic cooperation declines with EU membership

6 November 2000

EU membership erodes Nordic unity

27 October 2000

"Small countries must defend their rights"

20 October 2000

Large and small EU countries at loggerheads

16 October 2000

Finland and Sweden hold differing views on EU

13 October 2000

Denmark and the EU

9 October 2000

Defending democracy in EU

5 October 2000

Doubts grow about EU aims

3 October 2000

Suspicion grows towards big EU countries

22 September 2000

Aland islands and the EU

22 August 2000

"EU needs new philosophy to help enlargement"

11 August 2000

"Efficient but unimaginative EU President"

20 June 2000

Non-aligned countries face European security turmoil

12 May 2000

PM emphasises importance of Northern dimension

10 May 2000

EU applicants have to weed out corruption

29 February 2000

Nordic approaches to European unity

October 1999

Northern Dimension brought to centre stage in EU

21 July 1999

Non-aligned countries face problems with EU defence

13 July 1999

European federalism opposed by the Nordic left by Hannu Reime

December 1998

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