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Top Norway Centrists cheesed off at 2012 Nobel. UPDATED: Centre Party (Sp) politicians plan to boycott December’s Peace Prize ceremony in an anti-EU move. The minority farmer-friendly tri-partite coalition partner is a traditional opponent to Norway EU membership.  Centre recently surfaced from under the wing of its bigger political brother, Labour (Ap), following incorporating higher tolls on imported cheese and meats into the 2013 national budget draft proposal.

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Top Norway Centrists cheesed off at 2012 Nobel

Published on Thursday, 8th November, 2012 at 13:09 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 8th November 2012 at 20:06.

UPDATED: Centre Party (Sp) politicians plan to boycott December’s Peace Prize ceremony in an anti-EU move.

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The minority farmer-friendly tri-partite coalition partner is a traditional opponent to Norway EU membership. 

Centre recently surfaced from under the wing of its bigger political brother, Labour (Ap), following incorporating higher tolls on imported cheese and meats into the 2013 national budget draft proposal.

This also caused last month’s ostensible restaurant exit altercation between an Oslo restaurateur, and Food and Agriculture Minister Trygve Slagsvold Vedum.

In a statement about the 10 December event, politicians say “the Centre Party’s parliamentary group and Party leadership are not participating at the Oslo Town Hall ceremony when the EU receives the Nobel Peace Prize.”

“It is now considering whether it should be represented by parliamentary leader Lars Peder Brekk,” they add.

Mr Brekk, the former Farming Minister, denies they are boycotting the Prize, declaring he still has great respect for the Nobel Peace Prize as an institution.

He nevertheless explains the possible one-man move is “based on the insecurity the EU contributes to creating amongst several million Europeans.”

“We [the Centre Party] think the EU contributes to a democratic deficit and supranational control […] I don’t think most people are particularly perturbed by this decision when over 70 percent of Norwegians say “no” to the EU,” he concludes.

The Conservatives’ (H) Nikolai Astrup tells NRK he finds it “quite disappointing the Centre Party chooses to score cheap political points in a matter far larger than Norwegian EU membership.”

A Centre Party press spokesperson tells The Foreigner the decision is unrelated to farming and the EU.



Published on Thursday, 8th November, 2012 at 13:09 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 8th November 2012 at 20:06.

This post has the following tags: nobelpeaceprize2012, norwayfarming, eu.





  
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