Sweden: Palme's Sunday

A radical returns to power

It could have been the last hurrah for one of Western Europe's best-known socialist leaders. "Much is at stake for Olof Palme," wrote a top Swedish political columnist. "It is a question of winning or disappearing." During six years in political exile, former Prime Minister Palme, 55, crisscrossed the globe as a spokesman for disarmament groups and a mediator in the Iran-Iraq war. This summer, however, he reverted to his familiar role of politician, as he sought to avenge successive defeats that have deprived his Social Democratic Party from governing the cradle-to-grave welfare society that it...

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