The Norwegian Labour Party wins the election, and the Nordic countries "turn left collectively"?
2021-09-15: [Original Article Link].
[Global Times special correspondent Zhao Dong] "Norway turns left!" According to a German television report on the 14th, preliminary results released by the Norwegian parliamentary election on Tuesday showed that the left-wing Labor Party became the largest party in the parliament, with 26.4% votes. Norwegian Prime Minister Solberg's Conservative Party won only 20.5% votes. Solberg, who has been in power since 2013, has admitted defeat, and Labor Party leader Steller is expected to become the new Prime Minister of Norway, which will mean that after Finland, Sweden and Denmark, norway will also become a Nordic country governed by a left-wing party.
Labor's preferred coalition partners, the Center Party and the Socialist Left Party, won 13.6% and 7.5% votes in the general election, respectively, the center-left coalition, led by Labor, will win at least 89 of the 169 seats, with a majority. Steller, the chairman of the Labor Party, who is expected to become the new prime minister, served as Norwegian Foreign Minister from 2005 to 2012, when the Norwegian Prime Minister was the current NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg. In 2014, Steller became chairman of the Labor Party. The 61-year-old Steller came from a wealthy family, received a university education in Paris and is now a millionaire, Euronews TV said. He served as a government adviser and also held senior positions at the World Health Organization and the Norwegian Red Cross.
The fossil energy industry accounts for 14% of Norway's gross domestic product, oil and gas account for 40% of export trade, and more than 5 percent of the country's labor force works in the industry. According to the New Zurich newspaper, Europe experienced extreme disasters such as floods and forest fires this summer, causing serious losses. To this end, climate, environmental protection and related oil policies are key issues in this election.
The Labor Party advocates the implementation of a welfare society, achieving full employment, sustainable development, fair distribution and strengthening social welfare, and has a positive attitude towards joining the European Union. The party wants to support new green industries, including those that make alternative fuels from natural gas and those that store carbon dioxide on the seabed. The Norwegian left-wing party is using climate change issues to win the favor of voters. However, Agence France-Presse said that unlike the Green Party, Steller opposed the immediate termination of Norway's oil exploration, but advocated gradual transformation. Although the political parties advocating radical deterrence against Fossil Energy received less than expected votes in this election, the election results still highlight that the issue of climate change may cause some European countries to "turn left".
With the Labor Party's victory in the Norwegian election, many Nordic countries have become countries led by left-wing parties. The German news agency said that Germany will also hold a Bundestag election on September 26. At present, the support rate of the left-handed Social Democratic Party is ahead of Merkel's coalition party, and the Green Party ranks third. The new German government may also develop to the left. The direction of the political situation in Europe will have a new impact on the world political landscape.
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