Ms. Lindh died of stab wounds after an unidentified assailant attacked her as she shopped in a department store in central Stockholm on Wednesday.
Shortly before the final tally tonight, Mr. Persson appeared before reporters to acknowledge the defeat of the ”yes” campaign.
”In this result we can see a deep skepticism toward the entire euro project among the Swedish people,” he said. ”It was a clear expression of the people’s will.”
Indeed, many experts had depicted the ballot today as a kind of judgment on eight years of Swedish membership in the European Union. So the outcome suggested a profound disenchantment with the idea of moving closer to other European nations. ”There’s a bigger fear for the new than we expected,” said Ulrika Messing, a government minister.