Norway wrestles with EU ties, national values ahead of vote

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Norway wrestles with EU ties, national values ahead of vote
Norway wrestles with EU ties, national values ahead of vote

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.

Norway’s Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Store at an election campaign event in Bergen, Norway, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Norway’s election on Monday has sparked a wide-ranging debate about national values. Voters are wrestling with how close the Nordic country should be to the European Union and what its responsibilities are toward migrants and asylum-seekers. (Marit Hommedal/ NTB scanpix via AP)
Norway’s Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, Erna Solberg, at an election campaign event in Bergen, Norway Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Norway’s election on Monday has sparked a wide-ranging debate about national values. Voters are wrestling with how close the Nordic country should be to the European Union and what its responsibilities are toward migrants and asylum-seekers. (Marit Hommedal/ NTB scanpix via AP)
Norway’s Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, Erna Solberg, during an event at Manglerud primary school in Oslo, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Norway’s election on Monday has sparked a wide-ranging debate about national values. Voters are wrestling with how close the Nordic country should be to the European Union and what its responsibilities are toward migrants and asylum-seekers. (Haakon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix via AP)
Norway’s Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, Erna Solberg, meets children at an election campaign event in Oslo, Norway, Thursday Sept. 7, 2017. (Heiko Junge/NTB Scanpix via AP)
Norway’s Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Store greets environmentalist youth organisation Nature and Youth as they demonstrate outside parliament in Oslo, Norway, Thursday Sept. 7, 2017. (Heiko Junge/NTB Scanpix)
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, 2017. Norway’s election on Monday has sparked a wide-ranging debate about national values. Voters are wrestling with how close the Nordic country should be to the European Union and what its responsibilities are toward migrants and asylum-seekers. (Haakon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix via AP)
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