Monthly Archives: July 2005
The foundation for the Scanian economy of the future is to be found in regional culture and identity. At the same time as we welcome new influences in our homes and cultures, we also need to be aware of the value that our cultural heritage possesses – not the least in economic terms. Continue reading
Dick Erixon walks in the same track as Sweden’s political establishment. But Sweden is NOT a nation state. On the contrary – it is a diverse state that consists of a number of culture regions. Collective identities and cultural human rights have to be respected. Regional autonomy is the best model for achieveing this. Continue reading
Party politics need to be regionalized. The non-socialist opposition parties in Scania ought to be front-runners and create a regional party federation. Examples to learn from are found in Germany and Austria. Continue reading
Unfortunately, Mr Erixon is not alone in his affection for the artificial so-called nation states – his failed analysis is a typical Stockholm-centered one, far to common in the centralized Sweden. But I can assure that Stockholm is becoming less of a center for self-conscious regions every day that goes by: the border regions next to Denmark, Norway and Finland are now re-discovering their own identities in the emerging Regions of Europe. Continue reading
This week the liberal-communitarian magazine Rådslag published yet another issue rich in content. The topic is Europe of Regions, a subject that politicians and debaters in the extremely centralized Sweden have obvious difficulties to grasp.
In his contribution, Anders L. Hansson suggests sevens steps to be taken, shall Sweden be able to walk the path toward federalization. Continue reading