517832613872994640360noAt the end of October, Sweden’s center-left government officially recognized the state of Palestine, becoming the first major European country to do so. Ynet talked to Hugh Lovatt, the London-based Israel/Palestine Project Coordinator with the European Council on Foreign Relations about the chances that other European member states will follow Stockholm’s lead. I think indeed that a lot of the reasons that has lead Sweden to recognize Palestine is part of a wider European phenomenon. Of course the internal dynamics in Sweden are different to the UK and other member states. But there are two things found almost all over Europe: A growing frustration with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s policies towards the so called peace process, combined with a swing within the public opinion towards a position that is more sympathetic to the Palestinians. More