September 2, 1997 |
No one could have known, of course. But the view all these years from Maria Nordin's balcony has been a bittersweet reminder of the life she so much wanted but was never allowed to have. The blessing is that her failing blue eyes--at the center of her awful story that began 54 years ago--now prevent her from seeing more than a few yards away. The playground five stories below, with children dangling from tire swings and mothers trading neighborhood gossip, mercifully is beyond her sight.
November 14, 1998 |
When Swedes voted in 1980 to shutter their nuclear power plants, their decision helped set the pace for judgments across Europe that the energy source, though limitless and affordable, posed too great a risk for the densely populated Continent. But the environmental trailblazers have lost their way. Eighteen years after the referendum that condemned this country's 12 reactors to the ash heap of industrial history, the full dozen are up and running past one closure deadline after another.
February 17, 1990 |
Sweden's political crisis worsened when Finance Minister Kjell-Olof Feldt, who tried to trim a lavish welfare state with free-market policies, resigned amid efforts to form a new government. Feldt's announcement in Stockholm followed the resignation Thursday of Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson's Social Democratic minority government, defeated in Parliament over an economic austerity package.
March 3, 1988
The Swedish government proposed a timetable for closing the country's 12 nuclear reactors, taking the first tentative step toward a non-nuclear future. Energy Minister Birgitta Dahl told a news conference in Stockholm that the first reactor will close in 1995, a second the next year and the remaining 10 by 2010. The proposals by the ruling Social Democrats were certain to have the approval of Parliament, political sources said.
September 17, 1991 |
Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson resigned after his long-ruling Social Democratic Party suffered its biggest defeat since the 1920s in Sunday's election. But formation of a new government was clouded by division within the victorious center-right coalition that failed to win a parliamentary majority. Carlsson was asked to stay on as caretaker prime minister. The coalition of Conservatives, Liberals, Center Party and Christian Democrats won 47.1% of the vote.
May 5, 1996 |
When Lennart and Birgitta Berglund imagine those horrible last moments in the raging Baltic Sea, they like to think Birgitta's parents met death's cold advance in the warmth of each other's arms. Maybe the vacationing couple stayed behind in their cabin as the crippled ferry Estonia flipped on its side and was sucked from the horizon. And maybe they are still there--locked in their final embrace 250 feet beneath the sea. "But we are realistic," Lennart Berglund said.