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Title: OBAMA-REINFELDT DOMINATE HEADLINES IN SWEDEN

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SUBJECT: OBAMA-REINFELDT DOMINATE HEADLINES IN SWEDEN 
 
¶1. (U) SUMMARY: All major news outlets covered the bilateral meeting 
between President Obama and Prime Minister Reinfeldt on November 2 
and focused on the climate change discussion.  Outlets relayed 
Reinfeldt's sentiments on the importance of an agreement at the 
summit in December with an understanding that the political process 
in the United States may delay a binding international agreement. 
The news also reported that President Obama spoke positively about 
Sweden's work on climate solutions as well as Swedish support in 
Afghanistan. END SUMMARY 
 
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BROADCAST MEDIA 
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¶2. (U) The Obama-Reinfeldt meeting was the lead story in all 
national broadcast media, the public service channel Swedish 
Television, the national commercial channel TV4 and the nation-wide 
public service Swedish Radio both the evening of November 2 and the 
morning of November 3. Reports focused on the talks between 
President Obama and Prime Minister Reinfeldt on the current status 
of climate negotiations, relaying President Obama's praise of 
Reinfeldt's approach to climate issues and Sweden's leadership role. 
 The reports also mentioned President Obama thanking Sweden and the 
EU for its contribution to efforts in Afghanistan. 
 
¶3. (U) Media also reported on Prime Minister Reinfeldt's press 
conference after the meeting, quoting Reinfeldt saying that he 
understands the difficulties with the political process in the 
United States and that "we are prepared to listen," but wishing to 
see a demonstration of political willingness.  They also cited that 
Reinfeldt hopes there will be a binding political agreement in 
Copenhagen even though all the technical details may not be ready. 
 
 
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¶4. (U) Swedish morning dailies Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet 
quoted President Obama stating, "I'm glad to have the Prime Minister 
here, I appreciate his leadership on climate change" and "[his] 
thoughtful manner in approaching the issues."  Print outlets also 
reported on Reinfeldt's press conference where he reiterated, "We 
have to work together," and that the climate issue is not static. 
Svenska Dagbladet commented that it was again made clear that the 
most the world can expect in Copenhagen is a first step towards a 
climate agreement. 
 
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¶5. (U) In the major morning daily "Dagens Nyheter" there were two 
opinion pieces: an article by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt under 
the headline: "Now The United States And China Have To Follow The EU 
On The Climate Issue," and a signed editorial by columnist Annika 
Strm-Melin on the U.S-EU relationship under the headline: "Atlantic 
Love-Hate." 
 
¶6. (U) Prime Minister Reinfeldt outlined how he will use the three 
EU summits (with the United States, India and China) before the 
Copenhagen meeting in December to pressure these key countries to 
increase their ambitions.  "My message to both President Obama, and 
to the Senate, and the Congress is: Now is the time to put the 
climate in focus, with a two-degree target as a guiding light.  We 
agree on what needs to be done in the long run - but to succeed we 
must also have aggressive medium-term objectives... 
 
"With just over a month left to the Climate Summit, UN negotiations 
are still progressing slowly. Many have ruled out any prospects of 
success.  But Copenhagen might not be the end station; the Kyoto 
Treaty was not completed in 1997, but in 2001.  But it would be a 
major political failure to not reach an agreement in December." 
 
¶7. (U) Columnist Annika Strm-Melin opined on the U.S-EU 
relationship. 
 
 
"The relationship between the U.S. and the EU has always been 
complicated, but strong. It sometimes resembles a sort of 
love-hate...but since President Obama took office as U.S. President, 
the pendulum has without doubt swung firmly in the other direction 
again. European leaders are fighting to be invited to the White 
House and would most of all like to get a one-on-one meeting with 
Obama... 
 
"But there is also a new, interesting shift in the EU leaders' way 
of talking about the world's only superpower. They seem not only 
outraged when they criticize the United States for shortcomings 
during the ongoing climate negotiations. It sounds as if they are 
 
also quite pleased to once again get to put the United States in its 
place." 
 
SILVERMAN