- 05 Apr 05
A straight-talking Swede renowned her famously candid – and frequently highly controversial – personal web-blog, European Commission Vice President Margot Wallstrom is not your typical Eurocrat. On a recent visit to Dublin, she took time out to talk to Hot Press about Tony Blair, George Bush, the Irish and the Swedes’ mutual love of alcohol, Bertie Ahern, Charlie McCreevey’s accent, Bono and Bob Geldof. And she even taught us a few Swedish swear words. Interview by Jackie Hayden. Photography by Liam Sweeney.
The Swede Margot Wallstrom, Vice-President of the European Commission, is a politician with a difference. A very striking figure with a reputation for straight talking, she keeps an on-line diary (a blog) where she talks openly about both her personal and professional life, much to the disdain of her pompous colleagues. Wallstrom was formerly EU Commissioner for the Environment and Swedish Minister for Culture.
JACKIE HAYDEN: Your web diary shows you to be a very open, perhaps even unguarded, politician, answering questions about your own life as well as arguing about key issues. From our experience of politicians this is very unusual. Why have you chosen to take this route?