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The EU's straight-shooting trade chief

Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has many things to contend with, including US tariffs, Brexit and China.

Ms Malmström says that her stint as a psychiatric nurse when she was a student was good preparation for the world of politics as she has met all kinds of people, and nothing surprises her.

WHILE pursuing her degree in political science at Gothenburg University in Sweden in the early 1990s, the European Union's Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström financed her studies by working as a psychiatric nurse for three years.

"It was very good preparation for the world of politics...