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A woman's struggle with reality

THE WOMEN OF EUROPE / In our interview series with European women, Sweden's former Foreign and Vice Prime Minister Margot Wallström is the latest. She believes that we are currently living in a world of autocrats, where Nordic welfare values ​​have poor conditions.

Five years ago Margot Wallström, Sweden's Foreign Minister (and Deputy Prime Minister), spoke as guest of honor at a meeting of the Arab League in Cairo. The speech was canceled after Wallström compared the whipping of Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi to "medieval methods". Saudi-Arabia reacted strongly, and their foreign ministry called Wallström's criticism an "obvious interference in internal affairs".

Later that day, Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist stated that Sweden did not want to extend its arms deal with Saudi Arabia. That led to the Kingdom calling its ambassador home. Norway's closest neighbor thus ended up in a diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia, one of the most powerful countries in the Middle East.

"The needs of the women were included in the resolutions passed."

Wallström received a lot of international support for his criticism, also at home as from the magazine ETC's editor,. . .

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Truls Liehttp: /www.moderntimes.review/truls-lie
Editor-in-chief in MODERN TIMES. See previous articles by Lie i Le Monde diplomatique (2003–2013) and Morgenbladet (1993-2003) See also part video work by Lie here.

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