Norway: Not Ready To Say Yes

Not Ready To Say Yes

Few expected Norwegian Prime Minister Jan Syse's wobbly coalition to last long, but when the government fell last week it was a matter of genuine concern. At issue was a question that has divided Norwegians for three decades: the country's relationship with the European Community. The immediate crisis was over trade relations with the E.C., but with that crisis resurfaced the ultimate question of whether Norway should join the Community.

Although Gro Harlem Brundtland, the Labor Party leader and two-time Prime Minister who was forming a new government, has long kept mum on the E.C. question, she will have a tough...

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