Friday 22 August 2008

Alexander Stubb (almost) live

For most of you reading this blog (and therefore reading many more) this will not be real news, but all the rest should have a look at the blog of Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb.

In this function, he is now Chairman-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and he is blogging (almost) live from his efforts and activities in and for the region. And the way he does it is quite something - I am not aware that anyone in a similar position has given comparable personal accounts [following the comment from Grahnlaw, I should add: in English language] out of such a crisis where s/he is directly involved.

And although it is nothing but a coincidence, it is striking that a Finnish chairman of the OSCE is in charge of preventing a new hot "Cold War":

The predecessor of the organisation, the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE, founded in 1973) has led to the famous Helsinki Accords in 1975, which many scholars see as one of the major steps towards the end of the real "Cold War"...


Ralf Grahn said...

Actually, Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb has blogged more frequently than most people realise, in Finnish, before he switched (at least in part) to posting on his English blog following the Georgia crisis.

As Julien mentioned, Finland happens to chair the OSCE.

His Swedish collegue, FM Carl Bildt has kept up a continuous stream of comment on his daily activities in Swedish, often followed by impressive amounts of comments from readers.

Sweden currently chairs the Council of Europe.

Even those who do not read Finnish or Swedish are able to form an impression about both themes and frequency if they take a look at these blogs.