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Sweden has taken the moral high ground again. In the same week that Italy’s handling of the G8 conference was condemned as ‘chaotic from start to finish’ and ‘without an agenda’, the Swedish prime minister issued a considered, heartfelt call to Europe to take climate change more seriously. Compared to the rest of Europe, Sweden is already a model of environmental restraint, with the world’s highest carbon taxes combined with impressively high GDP…

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