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Per Gahrton

Per Gahrton is a founding member of the Swedish Green Party, and served as an MP and MEP for the Party. He was President of the Swedish think tank Cogito from 2005 to 2014, and has published over 30 books on topics such as foreign policy, Green ideology and the EU.

Articles

28.04.2016
Green Observatory: Brexit

The Green Observatory provides a round-up of perspectives on a current political issue from the Green European Journal’s partners around Europe. This first edition focuses its lens on Brexit: how is the referendum on UK membership being discussed in different countries? And what could be the potential consequences on the ground in the case of a vote to leave the EU?

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14.10.2014
Trots allt – glädje över Miljöpartiet i regering

Nu har Miljöpartiet blivit regeringsparti, med sex statsråd, däribland en kvinnlig vice statsminister. 33 år efter partibildandet är det på tiden. De flesta av Miljöpartiets jämförbara systerpartier har regeringserfarenhet. När människor med engagemang för samhällsförändring bestämmer sig för att inte nöja sig med att agera som opinionsbildare, påtryckare, lobbyister (vilket också är viktiga och nödvändiga roller i samhällsprocessen), utan vill försöka få möjlighet att direkt utöva politiskt makt, och därför bildar ett parti, är det logiskt att regeringsmedverkan är en central målsättning. Nu är Miljöpartiet där och det bör alla gröna vara glada över.

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14.10.2014
Green Party presence in Swedish government welcomed all the same

Greens are now in government in Sweden for the first time in the party’s 33-year-long history, yet the electoral result was regarded as disappointing. In light of the rise of xenophobic populists and a difficult political climate, it remains to be seen how Greens will fare in the new coalition.

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28.05.2014
Suède : Victoire écologiste et féministe mais un succès également pour la droite

Les élections en Suède ont laissé stupéfaits tant la classe politique que les commentateurs de la presse.

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28.05.2014
Sweden: Green/Feminist Victory but also Extreme Right-wing Success

The polarised results of the European elections seem to indicate that new kinds of parties are replacing the traditional parties. This phenomenon was visible in Sweden, but also in many other countries across Europe.

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01.07.2013
What is Green solidarity?

Reflecting on contemporary and historical debates on the concept of ‘solidarity’ in Sweden, Per Gahrton finds conflicting views on what many take to be a simple concept.

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01.12.2012
Eurooppalaista federalismia etsimässä

Euroalueen kriisi on tuonut uusia perusteluita Euroopan unionin muuttamiselle liittovaltion suuntaan. Mitä tämä tarkoittaa konkreettisesti Euroopan vihreiden näkökulmasta? Euroopan vihreän puolueen varapuheenjohtajan Monica Frassonin ja Euroopan parlamentin entisen jäsenen, ruotsalaisen Per Gahrtonin haastattelu on julkaistu alun perin Green European Journal -lehdessä.

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01.12.2012
Federalism? What Federalism? A European debate

The crisis of the Eurozone has given new arguments for a radically more federal Europe. But what does it concretely mean from a Green European point of view? An interview with Monica Frassoni, co-chair of the European Green Party and Per Garthon, former Swedish MEP.

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17.10.2012
Is the Fiscal Compact Just a Waiting Room for Euro Members-To-Be?

Whatever line the Green Party takes, all eyes should be on the French Greens, whose rejection of the Fiscal Treaty demonstrates that you can maintain your independence even while in government.

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21.08.2012
Sweden: Greens Are Not the Twins of the Old Left

The debate on what distinguishes the Green movement from the left has reignited in Sweden.

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