Socialist Pre-School Teacher to Modernize NorwayNew minister blasted early
The incoming minister at what was formerly known as the Ministry of Modernization has been called one of the worst possible people for the job by a leading editor. "We can scarcely imagine a poorer choice than a pre-school teacher from the Socialist Left Party (SV) as the new "Ministry of Renewal", Trygve Hegnar said in an editorial in his financial daily Finansavisen on Wednesday. Hegnar called the appointment of SV politician Heidi Grande Røys, 38, remarkable and alarming for those interested in competitive policy.
New Government Takes Over. Wolves Satisfied With Minister
For the first time after two decades Norway again has a majority government. The new government, led by the Social-Democrat Jens Stoltenberg, is the very first coalition of red (i.e. Socialists) and green (i.e. Environmentalists). Though the parties of the right won more votes than the parties of the left in last September’s elections, the left got more seats than the right. The Center Party has even demanded that Norway leave the European Economic Area (EEA) and the SV wants Oslo to renounce the Schengen Treaty. The latter is unlikely ever to happen. It would mean that Norway would have to reintroduce border controls along the border with Sweden.
The Brussels Journal mentions this suggestion of leaving the Schengen Treaty as a joke. Frankly, it is pretty much the only sensible suggestion I've heard from the Socialist Left Party. I believe all European countries should withdraw from Schengen and regain national control of our own borders. And Norwegians should reintroduce border controls along the border with Sweden as soon as possible:
Swedish Welfare State Cracking?
Are we seeing some major cracks in the Swedish welfare state, with its 25% real unemployment rate? If so, what happens when it collapses? Isn't it likely that this will trigger a flood of "welfare tourists" to neighboring countries? Given that Finland is beyond political correctness and hardly accepts any immigration at all, and that Denmark is increasingly fed up, the weakest link among Sweden's neighbors is Norway. We share a very long border with Sweden, which is among the least protected borders in the world. Our significant oil wealth and naive politics make us an attractive destination. How are we going to respond to tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of people suddenly moving here? This question hasn't even been asked, much less debated, by a single political leader in this country.