Bloomberg: Even Norway Is Riding the Populist Wave of Politics - In the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and the ascendancy of Donald Trump, the Center Party is surging
During its 96-year-old history, the Center Party has courted both conservatives and progressives while remaining steadfastly opposed to centralization, wolves and foreign cheese.
Now, the political party of choice for Norway’s farmers is riding the populist wave.
In the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and the ascendancy of Donald Trump, the Center Party is surging in the polls and aims to play a pivotal role in ousting the Conservative-led minority government in September’s general election.
At stake is Norway’s decades-old relationship with the European Economic Area. The agreement, which grants non-EU members like Norway access to the bloc’s single market, was often cited as a possible model for Britain in connection with Brexit.
"I hope that Brussels sees the need to decentralize more and have more trust in local and nationally elected officials," party leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, 39, said in an interview at his office in Oslo in which he emphasized his party isn’t seeking “drastic change.” ...