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Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, shares his view from Europe:

What's going on with Russia and Ukraine?

Well, the Russians are mobilizing quite substantial military forces and transporting them, deploying them along the borders with Ukraine and in Crimea. At the same time, they are stepping up the propaganda warfare against Ukraine and undertaking also information warfare measures. What is this going to lead to? Are they prepared for some sort of direct military action of limited or larger nature? We simply don't know. But it's clearly a situation that is worrying and that we need to watch very carefully indeed.

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Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, shares his perspective on Europe In 60 Seconds:

How is the rollout of vaccines in Europe going?

So-so might be the best answer to that question. The UK is significantly ahead of most of the EU countries. It's being difficult to rollout production or increase production sufficiently fast. But it will get better in the coming months. And I hope that the evils of vaccine-nationalists can be prevented.

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Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, with the view from Europe:

Why is Italy blocking a shipment of vaccines to Australia?

It was a somewhat surprising move, I have to confess. But I think it has to be seen in the light of the fact that the vaccine situation and the COVID situation is far more difficult in Europe than in Australia at the moment. Otherwise, Europe is dependent upon the imports of vaccines in the years to come.

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Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, shares his perspective from Stockholm on Europe In 60 Seconds:

Is there a military coup ongoing in Armenia?

Well, it isn't a military coup as of yet, but it's not far from it either. This is the turmoil that is resulting from the war with Azerbaijan, which Armenia took a large death loss. What happened was that the head of the armed forces asked for the prime minister to resign. That was not quite a coup, but not very far from it. Now, the prime minister sacked the head of the armed forces, there's considerable uncertainty. Watch the space.

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Will there be a nationalist surge in the European Parliament election?

I doubt that. They are clearly present in the political systems of practically all European countries. They will do fairly well in some cases, somewhat less well in some cases. I think the great success they might have is in Italy. The Lega Nord of deputy prime minister Salvini I think they're going to do badly, fairly badly in Germany, which is important then it remains to be seen what happens in France. The contest between Macron and LePen and Britain will be its own particular mess.

Will Theresa May's latest maneuver break the deadlock on Brexit?

I think that unfortunately is somewhat unlikely. She would make the fourth attempt to get the agreement through the House of Commons in the beginning of June. But at the moment it doesn't look like it's going nowhere. And that applies to the future of her prime ministership as well.

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