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Norway wrestles with EU ties, national values ahead of vote

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Norway's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, Erna Solberg, at an election campaign event in Bergen, Norway Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Nor...
Norway's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, Erna Solberg, arrive to an event at Manglerud primary school in Oslo, Friday, Sept. 8, 2...

Norway's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, Erna Solberg, at an election campaign event in Bergen, Norway Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Nor...

Norway's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, Erna Solberg, arrive to an event at Manglerud primary school in Oslo, Friday, Sept. 8, 2...

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Norway's upcoming election has sparked a wide-ranging debate about national values, leaving voters wrestling with how close the Nordic country should be to the European Union and what its responsibilities are toward migrants and asylum-seekers.

While Britain looks to Norway for inspiration as it prepares for Brexit, some in Oslo see the U.K. as a model for severing ties to the 28-nation EU altogether. This populist position is gaining traction as Norway's left-wing Labor party and the right-wing Conservatives look to forge ties with smaller partners to gain a thin parliamentary majority.

Both main parties are losing support, casting in doubt the direction of the dominant oil and gas business and creating a fight about Norwegian values.

All seats in the 169-member Parliament are up for grabs in Monday's vote.


Updated : 2021-10-19 19:57 GMT+08:00