• Hannah Telluselle

Where do we draw the line?

When I grew up, classes in English were mandatory in all Swedish schools from 3rd grade, Elementary school. It was simply taught because Sweden is such a small country, that would we want do business or travel, it would be evident that we need to know at least one more language. In 7th grade, we could choose between taking French or German too, later followed by Spanish. Thus, I've learned 10 years of English in Swedish school, 6 years of French and 3 years of German, since I added this in my High School, which was a language major including Latin. Collectively, we have always looked to the big country in the West.

In Poland and Romania, all children are taught Russian in schools! Alas, most people in these countries know how to read and talk Russian, I've been told by people from these countries. The question why Russia's President is pushing his border, might simply be in the old understanding of one's allies. Maybe it's the United States trying to increase their presence in Europe rather than Russia expanding? EU should be seen as separate from the United States. And, don't Romanian and Polish people want to make use of their Russian skills? They either should change this, or become excellent trading partners with Russia. Why not the latter and even a Eastern Europe coalition?

Sweden is nonetheless supposed to be a neutral state, and thus mediate for peace. Something I used to be proud of growing up, and looking forward to further myself as a diplomat of a sorts, I thought. Alas, we should not become a member of Nato now either. But, with this said, I don't feel safe in Sweden at all, and might rather opt to go live elsewhere, for my own personal reasons.

Would not the world become better if we kept a corridor of neutrality?

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