It has been 20 years since Sweden held a referendum on introducing the euro as currency. Just over 80 percent of the population participated and when the votes were counted, it was clear that the no side won with just under 56 percent against the yes side’s 42.
The Prime Minister at the time was the Social Democrat Göran Persson, and even though his side lost the referendum, he is still adamant that Sweden should join the EMU.
Hear Goran Persson (S), former prime minister, now chairman of the board of LKAB and Swedbank, on the euro issue.
Göran Persson’s grief after the murder of Anna Lindh
The assassination of the foreign minister Anna Lindh came to overshadow the final spurt of the 2003 Euro campaign.
Every now and then Göran Persson said that he had no time to mourn, that Sweden needed its prime minister.
Now, 20 years later, have you taken the time to process the grief after Anna Lindh?
– Yes, I have. Although it is difficult. And it is even wrong, perhaps, to say that one has processed a sadness. You live with it. You gradually take it to heart and realize that it is a new reality you have to face, without a person who meant a lot. And which would have come to mean a great deal, both for me personally, but above all for Sweden, says Göran Persson, former prime minister to Ekot.
Source: ICELAND NEWS