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Norway EU membership gets carrot and stick. As the EU gets this year’s Nobel Peace Prize and cheese will be more expensive, slightly more Norwegians want to join the Union, a new poll shows. Reactions to the award were mixed. Politicians sent their congratulations, while farmers thought the EU should have worked harder to earn it. Both EU membership “yes” and “no sides” are still deeply entrenched. Over 70 percent are against; those in favour comprise just under 19 percent.

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Norway EU membership gets carrot and stick

Published on Monday, 22nd October, 2012 at 14:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

As the EU gets this year’s Nobel Peace Prize and cheese will be more expensive, slightly more Norwegians want to join the Union, a new poll shows.

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Reactions to the award were mixed. Politicians sent their congratulations, while farmers thought the EU should have worked harder to earn it.

Both EU membership “yes” and “no sides” are still deeply entrenched. Over 70 percent are against; those in favour comprise just under 19 percent.

There is a slight shift since January’s record-low poll, however. The “no’s” have regressed 7.4 percent points and the “yes’” percentage points are up 6.3.

Paal Frisvold, leader of the European Movement International (“Europabevegelsen”) does not believe the latest poll will upset the apple cart, but says the Nobel Prize award demonstrated a point.

He told Leftist newspaper Klassekampen “The best thing about the Peace Prize is that it brings forth the no side’s real arguments. They testify that people think we live in a very isolated and closed society.”

“It’s always gratifying to detect a certain increase in support for EU membership, but there is still a long way to go for people to get a better understanding of what the EU is,” agriculture paper Nationen reported him as saying about the poll.

“It’s of marginal interest whether it’s 77 or 72 percent who say no to the EU,” staunch EU opposition leader Heming Olaussen declared. “It’s the level of resistance that is interesting.”

“Everyone understands that the yes side has a hopeless case as long as it [the no side percentage] lies above 70 and the [EU membership] supporters are under 20 percent. 18 percent support in favour of membership is not frightening.”

Socialist Left (SV) and Centre (Sp) Party representatives share Mr Olaussen’s view. Voters in both have traditionally given membership the boot.

“The overall picture is that the yes side lies with a broken back and the no side dominates the situation. No Party sees itself served by a new membership debate,” says Centre’s food farming and now frightfully expensive toll Minister Lars Peder Brekk.

He also stated that “there’s rooted and heart-felt EU opposition among the Norwegian people, despite that Thorbjørn Jagland gave the EU the Peace Prize.”

Research company Sentio conducted the poll on behalf of papers Nationen and Klassekampen. 

Respondents were asked their view both before and after the Peace Prize announcement.




Published on Monday, 22nd October, 2012 at 14:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwayeumembership, euandnorway, nobelpeaceprize.





  
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