Nobel Committee says Yes, but it's 'nul points' from people of Norway
THERE was a decided air of irony surrounding the arrival of a troika of the EU's chief poobahs into Oslo yesterday, for Norway is a country with a long-held aversion to the EU.
The EU chiefs may be in town for the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union, but Norway nonetheless regards it with the sort of suspicion usually reserved for chaps flogging phials of snake-oil from a tatty suitcase.
Twice – in 1972 and 1994 – the country rejected referendums to join the EU hooley. And has Norway been thus left in the economic cold? Has it hell.