Margaret Scott

Europe’s Latest Revolution

History often moves with small steps, but such steps sometimes turn out to have big implications. This could well be true of the new EU institutions being established this year under the Lisbon Treaty, but whether the EU will be seen as a model for the future or as a museum of the past depends on whether it remains committed to an open Europe in an open world.

STOCKHOLM – History often moves with small steps, but such steps sometimes turn out to have big implications.

This New Year’s Eve, Sweden made history in a small way by ending the last rotating foreign and security policy presidency of the European Union. After years of rotation every six months, we handed the job over to the EU’s new permanent structures, established in Brussels in accordance with the Lisbon Treaty.

What might look like a small step for mankind is certainly a giant leap for Europe.

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