Carl Bildt

Nils Daniel Carl Bildt? / I [ ˌ kɑ ː ɭ bilt ] ( born July 15, 1949 in Halmstad ) is a Swedish politician. He was from 1991 to 1994 Prime Minister of Sweden and has since October 6 2006 Swedish Foreign Minister. Bildt is married his third wife with the European parliamentarian Anna Maria Corazza Bildt and has three children.

Life and work


Carl Bildt is from a Norwegian- Danish-Swedish noble family. Bildt studied at the University of Stockholm philosophy and political science and in 1973 chairman of the Student Association FMSF the conservative Moderate Party. He was also involved early in the European student politics and was from 1974 to 1976 Chairman of European Democrat Students.

Party career and Offices

From 1973 to 1976 he was secretary of the political moderates, with their long-time chairman Gösta Bohman, his temporary father- united him a close and trusting relationship. Between 1976 and 1981 he was a member of the bourgeois coalition governments, among others, from 1979 as Secretary of State. In 1979, he moved for the first time as a deputy in the Reichstag. He was spokesman for his party for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in the Reichstag and was appointed as such in 1981 in the submarine Commission, which had to investigate how repeated unnoticed foreign submarines could run into Swedish territorial waters off the naval base of Karlskrona.

In 1986 he was elected party leader of the Moderate Party, whose position as the largest bourgeois party he built. After the success of his party elections of 15 September 1991 and which increased its share to 21.9 %, it was Prime Minister of Sweden. He formed a coalition government with the three other bourgeois parties, but this was replaced by a Social Democratic minority government after the election loss in 1994. Subsequently, he worked mainly for the EU accession of Sweden, which took place in 1995. After the losses in the election of 1998 Bildt in 1999 resigned as party leader and devoted himself exclusively to his international orders.

Between 1995 and 1997, Bildt has held the post of High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, between 1999 and 2001 he was UN Special Envoy for the Balkans.

2006 Bildt came back surprisingly in Swedish politics, when he was appointed the new Prime Minister of Sweden Fredrik Reinfeldt, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The Swedish EU Presidency Bildt held the office of President of the Council of the European Union from 1 July to 31 December 2009.

Investigation for sedition

On 22 June 2007 it was announced that the Malmö office is investigating Bildt on suspicion of sedition. The Minister did not leave gross racist remarks in comments of his blog since March delete. In these contributions had been called, among other things the genocide of Palestinians. Under Swedish law, the operator of an Internet platform has a duty to remove, racist and seditious texts forthwith from which he was responsible website. In October 2007, the competent prosecutor, however, decided to set the preliminary investigations, since the initial suspicion was not confirmed. The Minister appealed according to the prosecutor constitute proof that an assistant, the Bildt had ordered the removal of the relevant comments that its task was not followed up.