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Carl Bildt
Co-Chair European Council on Foreign Relations . Among many other things. På svenska på .
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Carl Bildt 20m
The nominated Hungarian EU Commissioner Trócsányi was instrumental in implementing domestic reforms that weakened the independence of the judiciary, limited space for civil society, and undermined the rule of law in Hungary.
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Carl Bildt 2h
Devastating. In his memoirs David Cameron claims that Boris Johnson decided on the Leave side in the 2016 referendum on EU membership solely because he thought it was better for his political career. There is clearly no love lost between these two men.
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Carl Bildt 4h
It will take time to sort out which coalition will govern Israel, but Netanyahu will probably do whatever to try to stay in power. He will play the Trump and the Iran cards to the utmost.
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Carl Bildt 15h
Very popular with elections in Spain, it seems. Now there is a new one coming up.
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Carl Bildt 15h
Exit polls haven’t been absolutely reliable in previous Israeli elections, but now three of them point at the possibility of PM Netanyahu losing today’s election.
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Carl Bildt 16h
Replying to @ZCarlander
US has not been attacked. And there is no defense treaty between the US and Saudi. US could from a legal point of view give assistance to a Saudi attack if so asked. That’s the legalities - wisdom is something different.
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Carl Bildt 23h
Since Trump left the Iran nuclear agreement the overall situation in the region has clearly deteriorated. If there is no political initiative to break the negative trend more acute and open conflicts will be hard to avoid. Everything risks getting worse.
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Carl Bildt Sep 16
Things are tricky. US has no legal grounds to strike Iran. It has not been attacked. Saudi Arabia has, but might hesitate to go to war also with Iran. It already struggles with one war. It’s chief ally UAE is probably urging maximum caution.
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Carl Bildt Sep 16
Israel goes to the polls today in a new effort to find a government majority. Meanwhile, the prospect of a new war hover over both Gaza and Lebanon.
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Carl Bildt Sep 16
There is an enormous amount of vulnerable infrastructure in the Gulf region if the situation escalates even further. Apart from the oil infrastructure the large airports of the region are hubs of global traffic and are extremely vulnerable.
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Carl Bildt Sep 16
The legalities should be clear. If the attack on the Saudi oil facilities was carried out by another state it was a clear case of aggression under international law. And then Saudi Arabia has the right of self defense. What is wise under the circumstances is another question.
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Carl Bildt Sep 16
Other reports in the region might well be more connected with ongoing smuggling than with a growing conflict.
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Carl Bildt Sep 16
In the middle of the mess in the region there are reports that Iran will finally release the Swedish-owned tanker that it kidnapped two months ago.
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Carl Bildt Sep 16
This wasn’t done by an amateur, to put it very mildly. It was a massive and highly sophisticated attack.
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Carl Bildt Sep 15
The attack on the Saudi oil facilities was indeed a very serious move. It might have been in retaliation for something, but there is bound to be a retaliation because of it. The entire region is becoming even more volatile.
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Carl Bildt Sep 15
With its sky high defense spending it’s somewhat surprising that Saudi Arabia doesn’t have some sort of air defense of its key oil facilities. With the ongoing war in Yemen and tensions increasing with Iran they are bound to be vulnerable.
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Carl Bildt Sep 15
Much is uncertain, and we are likely to hear all sorts of accusations, but there is now talk of the big attack on Saudi oil facilities originated in Iraq. As tensions are on the increase, very little can be excluded.
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Carl Bildt Sep 14
And now it’s back to Stockholm after the days here with . There are many reasons to come back to Ukraine soon.
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Carl Bildt Sep 14
It takes two to tango, Good talks here in Kyiv also with FM on prospects for getting the Kremlin to move a Donbas peace process ahead. Ukraine is clearly ready to do its part.
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Carl Bildt Sep 14
Profound optimism prevails in Ukraine today. But key now must be to use the momentum to strengthen the institutions and make the structural reforms. Mood will swing, and then institutions must be robust.
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