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Re: INSIGHT - SWEDEN: Carl Bildt
Hey Aaric,

That sounds good... That was just two days (really day and a half) in Strasbourg as well.

I am back on November 6th. So let's plan to sit down and mull after that.



----- Original Message -----
From: "Aaric Eisenstein"
To: "Marko Papic"
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 9:29:26 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: RE: INSIGHT - SWEDEN: Carl Bildt

If you're up at 4, you're insane. I'll make the introductions when you're back. When's that?

You're getting some amazing shit over there, just amazing. I want to sit down with you when you get back and plot and scheme on how we can turn it into cash.



Aaric S. Eisenstein
SVP Publishing
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From: Marko Papic []
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 8:58 PM
Subject: Re: INSIGHT - SWEDEN: Carl Bildt
But I don't know who Grant Perry is... or do I? It's 4am here so I may be
completely insane.

----- Original Message -----
To: "Marko Papic"
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 8:56:11 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: Re: INSIGHT - SWEDEN: Carl Bildt

Believe grant Perry knows Bildt. Check with Grant if you need

Sent from my iPhone
On Sep 17, 2009, at 7:30 PM, Marko Papic wrote:

SOURCE CODE: SW501 (SW501 is a very well connected Swedish MEP with extremely close links to both the FM Carl Bildt -- his closest ally basically -- and the Balkans).

I got a lot of info on Carl Bildt. Our Swedish MEP contact is basically his main ally. Bildt is apparently super tall, has photographic memory and is very smart. He has a very rocky relationship with the current Prime Minister because Reinfeldt was the youth leader of the Moderate Party when Bildt was the Prime Minister briefly and the two did not get along.

Bildt believes that Sweden should become a world power. He talks a lot about the traditional sphere of Swedish influence in the Baltic (sort of like our monograph). From his experiences in the Balkans he has decided that he does not like Croats and Albanians.

He is also very critical of Russia. He called Putin a "chetnik" in the middle of a meeting with an MEP group. He is essentially a personna non grata in Moscow. He is also at odds with Sarkozy because before Sweden received its EU Presidency he essentially told the French not to pull the same stuff they did with Czech Republic.

He is very involved with enlargement. Sweden sees enlargement as a way to break the German-Frenc stranglehold on the EU. His personal goal is to see every Balkan state make one step forward towards accession during his premiership.

I did meet his wife, who is also an MEP in the Parliament. She is apparently Italian and does not speak really good Swedish, so she couldn't get into the Swedish parliament. Instead, she campaigned for the European and got in.