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From high hopes to mundane reality: Swedish perspectives on post-Communist Europe 30 years on
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS). Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research (RUCARR).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7289-6318
2021 (English)In: Meandering in Transition: Thirty years of reform and identity in post-communist Europe / [ed] Ostap Kushnir; Oleksandr Pankieiev, Lanham: Lexington Books, 2021, p. 229-248Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The objective of this chapter is to provide a Swedish perspective on the 30th anniversary of the fall of Communism in eastern Europe. The most evident contrast when comparing Sweden in 1990 and 2020, was that the country was now a committed, even if also somewhat disillusioned, member of the European Union. Little remained of the so-called policy of neutrality that had been so cherished during the times of the Cold War. The euphoria of the early 1990s, those brief years when everything seemed possible, was clearly gone. The years when Sweden had been a relentless champion promoting enlargements of the European Union as the standard recipe for ensuring peace and democracy in Europe had come and then waned considerably. The European Partnership had largely brought disappointing results. Whereas optimism about general developments used to be almost unbridled in official Sweden by the end of the Cold War, disillusionment seemed to reign ever since the mid-2010s, when moves toward illiberal democracy, populism and Russian violations of international law defined much of the order of the day in Europe. Grey and somber realities characterized for the most part the everyday, and it was left to the Swedish government to deal with this in its practical policies.

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Lanham: Lexington Books, 2021. p. 229-248
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Sweden, post-communism, Eastern Europe, Russia, development, identity, perceptions
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Political Science
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Global politics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-45244ISBN: 978-1-7936-5074-0 (print)ISBN: 978-1-7936-5075-7 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-45244DiVA, id: diva2:1588215
Available from: 2021-08-26 Created: 2021-08-26 Last updated: 2023-02-26Bibliographically approved

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