ShowImageSweden’s Center Left-Wing government officially recognized the state of Palestine on Thursday, becoming the first major European country to do so. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told parliament in his inaugural address in October that his Social Democrat government would deliver on a manifesto promise to recognize a Palestinian state, drawing criticism from Israel and the United States. “Today’s recognition is a contribution to a better future for a region that has for too long been characterized by frozen negotiations, destruction and frustration,” Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom wrote in the daily Dagens Nyheter. “Some will state this decision comes too soon. I am afraid, rather, that it is too late.” More