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POLITICS: Norway to Reconsider EU?

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posted on Nov, 8 2004 @ 03:37 AM
The re-election of Mr. George W. Bush as President for the United States of America seems to push Norway into the European Union.
Prime Minister Bondevik is concerned that Trans-Atlantic ties are being weakened, and by increased cooperation with EU, Norway would strengthen it's foreign policy and improve in security matters.
Bondevik, who's already called for the Bush Administration to show more international cooperation, noted that he worries nonetheless that trans-Atlantic ties may be weakened. Many, he suggested, may see a need for Norway to engage in stronger foreign policy cooperation with the European Union, also in security matters.

Former Prime Minister Thorbjørn Jagland has long advocated that Norwegian membership in the EU would help contribute to putting some checks on the power of Washington. Newspaper Aftenposten, which had supported John Kerry's bid for the White House, also picked up the theme in an editorial late this week.

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The "No to EU"-side has always been a narrow winner in Norway. Has the conservatives in the US finally pushed the Government of Norway into the ever-so-popular "On behalf of the safety of the population, We decide it is best to..."-policy.
Often referred to as an totalitarian policy.

Norway has already very extensive cooperation with the EU regarding policing issues. For instance the war against smuggling of drugs, weapons and humans.
This is done mainly through the Schengen-treaty, EØS og EFTA.

[edit on 8-11-2004 by John bull 1]

posted on Nov, 8 2004 @ 04:23 AM
Well, many have prophecized this, that Bush re-election will alienate alies of USA all over the world. I guess it is happening now.

It is interesting that Norway is considering even closer ties with EU, considering how conservative they've been about this in the past.

posted on Nov, 8 2004 @ 11:41 AM
im british - and can see norways stance (i actually agree with it) - they are a peaceful society...and look at ww2 for some background information - for us british they where very faithful allies - and we will never forget that.

posted on Apr, 8 2005 @ 12:47 PM
Norway is better off without the EU. Norway doesn´t need the EU. Keep Norway out of EU! Oh, and buy those swedish fighterplanes...

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