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Norway firm on anti-European Union. As European leaders’ debt crisis fears mount and Silvio Berlusconi’s budget deficit balance busts further southwards, comes news Norwegians’ ‘no’ to EU membership is even stronger. Following this year’s generally downward spiral for EU membership from January and June, just 18.6 percent of voters are now in favour, according to the latest poll. “My goodness, it must be difficult campaigning for Norwegian EU membership these days,” says Heming Olaussen, leader of organisation "No to the EU", to Nationen.

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Norway firm on anti-European Union

Published on Monday, 24th October, 2011 at 13:02 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

As European leaders’ debt crisis fears mount and Silvio Berlusconi’s budget deficit balance busts further southwards, comes news Norwegians’ ‘no’ to EU membership is even stronger.

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Following this year’s generally downward spiral for EU membership from January and June, just 18.6 percent of voters are now in favour, according to the latest poll.

“My goodness, it must be difficult campaigning for Norwegian EU membership these days,” says Heming Olaussen, leader of organisation "No to the EU", to Nationen.

The results may also come at an opportune time for Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who decided to bury the issue of EU membership and the Euro almost two weeks ago.

“I’m going to spend my life on more fruitful things than working towards Norway having something to do with the Euro,” he told Klassekampen.

According to Mr Olaussen, saying ‘no’ to the Euro is also a de facto answer to the question of membership.

About today’s poll, he says, “There’s been a majority ‘no’ for the last six-and-a-half years, but we’re now seeing an extra effect due to the EU crisis and the EU’s deficient way of handling it.”

On the other side of the North Sea, Paal Frisvold, European Movement in Norway’s leader tells The Foreigner, “Although I’m confident the Euro is going to survive, I can understand the main impression at the moment is that the Euro being under such pressure creates strong arguments against becoming a member [of the EU].”

His view from Brussels is that now “is not a time to look at EU membership, but more of a time to look at how to solve the European economic crisis.”

“I don’t blame the views of those who mainly just read the front pages of newspapers. I would also be opposed to membership today, but now is not the time to jump to conclusions,” he says.




Published on Monday, 24th October, 2011 at 13:02 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwayanti-eumembership, nototheeu, theuropeanmovementinnorway, eurocrisis.





  
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