Efter EU-medlemskapet. Nya linjer i svensk utrikespolitik?
Title: After the EU Membership – New Strategies in Swedish Foreign Politics?
After becoming a member of the EU in 1995 Sweden has been governed by the Social Democrats (1995–2006) and by a Centre-Right coalition (2006–2014) led by the Moderate Party. Has the EU-membership conserved the tradition of consensus amongst the political parties regarding the foreign policy or has it provided a new platform allowing the parties to express their diﬀerent ideological preferences also in this ﬁeld of politics? The aim of this article is to shed light on the foreign policy of the Social Democrats and the Moderate Party 1995–2014. By analyzing the debates in the Swedish parliament, Riksdagen, it is concluded that the two parties have similar strategies regarding the means and the ways of the foreign policy but diﬀerent approach regarding the views on the international settings and the ends of the policy. A potential explanation to the ﬁndings is the resurrection of Realism in the Moderate Party’s approach.