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September 29, 2006

Carl Bildt has a blog
Posted by Heather Hurlburt

Well, this is fun -- the kind of random thing you find while tooling around the web on a Friday night.

Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister of Sweden, former UN High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, a very smart guy who had a real knack for rubbing American officials the wrong way, has a blog.  I happened upon it because of his comments on the UN Secretary-General race that Suzanne also posted on.

It's mildly interesting but not earth-shattering to read -- a useful barometer of one strand of European thought, I suspect.  But imagine the possibilities.  What if Bill Clinton had a blog?  Come to think of it, why doesn't he?  What if Clinton and George H.W. Bush had a blog together?  What if Bob Dole had a blog?  What if Tony Blair blogs in retirement?  What if Kofi Annan did?

If readers know of other former heads of state/government who blog, let me know.  I think a list would be fun.  (I notice Bildt doesn't have a blogroll yet...) 


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Vladimir Spidla, former Czech Prime Minister now a European Commissioner, has a blog here. It was last updated in June and is not very exciting.

Margot Wallstrom, like Bildt a Swede and like Spidla a European Commissioner, has a blog here. Unlike the other two, she has enabled comments; after looking at hers you can se why the other two have chosen not to go down that road.

You may find you know others who have taken the plunge!

And as of today, Carl Bildt is back in the Swedish government. Newly-elected prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt this morning appointed Bildt to Sweden´s foreign minister.

The expectations rises on Sweden´s role in the world.

Hi Heather -

yes, I also found it fascinating that Bildt has his own blog, and was pleased that he linked to in discussing the SG race.

As for another politician with a blog, did you know that Dennis Hastert has one?

It appears to not be updated very often (nothing since the Foley scandal broke).

Just out of curiousity, I did a google search for "politicians with blogs." Most of the results are articles about the value of blogging to politicians, with a handful of links to and reviews of some. Mostly American politicians, but a handful of other world leaders.


Comments by a Canadian MP on his blog got him booted from his party's caucus meetings.

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