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Europe’s Latest Revolution

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.

Those with a sense of history will also see the significance of Europe’s nation states, which not long ago fought each other continuously, now pooling their foreign policies in order to assert them more vigorously on the global stage.