Enlargement negotiations in 2001

On Friday, May 1, it will be five years since the “Big Bang”-enlargement of 2004, when ten countries entered the European Union.

I have written a text on the accession negotations during the Swedish Presidency of 2001, when I was a political adviser to Foreign Minister Anna Lindh. The article focuses mainly on her role and that of the Foreign Ministry, since the role of Prime Minister Göran Persson has already been described in a number of books.

From now on and during the next few weeks, you can download the text as a PDF file here:


Presently, the article is only available in Swedish. You can read it and quote from it if you wish (mentioning the source), but do not copy the full text.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions, at matsengstrom65@hotmail.com

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