Sunday, November 07, 2004

Norway moving towards Europe

Norway has resisted membership in the European Union, perhaps because of its rich oil reserves. Now, the Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik calls on the Bush administration to show more international co-operation, and Norwegian analysts fear that weakening transantrantic relations may necessitate a closer alignment of Norway with the European Union. A majority of Norwegian voters -who have previously rejected EU membership- today favor a European perspective for Norway.

The Bush era may be a low point in American politics, but it may have the positive consequence of strengthening ties within Europe.


More reaction to the US election (Aftenposten Norway)

Excerpt:

Results of the US election may end up pushing Norway into the European Union, suggest political analysts, and even Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik is listening. He's long opposed EU membership, but sees a need for more international cooperation.

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