May 24, 2016

NORWEGIAN WOULDN'T:

A Norwegian view: are things really so bad outside the EU? (ELLEN ENGELSTAD 19 May 2016, OpenDemocracy)

When the British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen that 'Outside the EU we would have no say, this is something Norway has experienced', an answer from the Norwegian Labour Party deputy leader Trond Giske came quickly. Talking to the newspaper Nationen Mr Giske replied to Corbyn: "I don't think 'it can be as bad as Norway' really works to scare people off. Norway is regularly announced the world's best country to live in. We have had the lowest level of unemployment in Europe throughout the financial crisis. We have one of the strongest welfare systems, the least inequality, the highest safety and the most trust, in addition to peace and wealth. I mean: How bad can it get? What does Corbyn fear?"

Seen from Norway, this is a key question. Two times have we said no to EU-membership in a popular vote, in 1972 and 1994, and after each time the sun has just kept on shining even more on our glistening fjords. 

Posted by at May 24, 2016 3:45 PM

  

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