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BEHIND THE NEWS
NORWEGIAN POLITICS (BTNN) BACK ISSUES
1999-2000

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N01

Wednesday, 18 August, 1999
Government Talking to Labour

  • Government and Labour in Talks About Budget Deal
  • Envy and Racism - Emotional Issues Used in Election Campaign

N02

Tuesday, 31 August, 1999
Progress Party Losing to Conservatives 

  • Progress Party Losing to Conservatives 

N03

Friday, 10 September, 1999
Labour Towards Record Low

  • Labour in Deep Trouble
  • Stoltenberg Take-Over May Recapture Leading Position Before 2001 Election
  • Conservatives May Win Election, Close to Regain 1995 Level

N04

Tuesday, 14 September, 1999
Conservatives Win Election

  • Conservatives Win Election

N05

Wednesday, 15 September, 1999
Towards 2001

  • Towards 2001 - the End of Consensus? 
  • Conservatives Demand Place in Government, Likely to Happen Under Current Trends
  • Budget Solution Will Influence Timing, Hardly End Result 
  • Conflict Between Value Creation and Big Government Maturing 
  • Labour Choice May Break Trends, Create New Paradigms 
  • "Stoltenberg" Scenario: Rapid Liberal Change 
  • "Valla" Scenario: New Coalitions, Slower Change

N06

Friday, 1 October, 1999
In Front of the Budget Proposal

  • Complete Uncertainty in Front of Monday Budget Speech

N07

Wednesday, 6 October, 1999
A Game of Pandora's Boxes

  • Budget Process an Exercise in Game Playing

N08

Thursday, 14 October, 1999 
Jaglandto Sacrifice Industry's Interests

  • Labour Losing Interest in Business & Industry, Wants Payment for Budget Deal in "Socialist Currency"
  • Labour-Governtment Deal in Round One Cannot Now Be Excluded

N09

Monday, 25 October, 1999
Mr Hagen's "State Light" Strategy

  • State Control by Proxy to Reduce Dangers of State Capitalism? 
  • The Answer to the Christiania Bank Problem? 
  • A Solution to the Riddle of Progress Party Strategy

N10

Tuesday, 26 October, 1999
Now There is a Real Choice

  • Conservatives Propose 9 bn Tax Cuts, giving Bondevik Clear Choice 
  • A "Centrist" Game of Ping Pong?

N11

Friday, 29 October, 1999
Fears Verified

  • Tax Increase must be Paid by Business

N12

Monday, 22 November, 1999
The Rulers of Law

  • A New Class: The Rulers of Law 
  • Business Victimising Itself by Default

N13

Friday, 10 December, 1999
Privatise First!

  • Privatise First!

N14

Wednesday, 15 December, 1999
State Wars

  • Tele Merger Likely to be Undone 
  • Government Crisis in Norway on this Issue Unlikely

N15

Monday, 20 December, 1999
Towardsa Showdown

  • Three Connected Issues may Converge to Major Political Showdown 
  • Bondevik not much to Blame for Tele Merger; Labour Preparing for War 
  • Bondevik has Strong Case on IT Fornebu; Another War with Labour? 
  • Labour Itself "Defendant" in Gardermoen Hearings

N16

Wednesday, 5 January 2000
Clearance for Gas Power

  • Labour Joins Conservatives, Progress on Gas Power Plants 
  • No Government Crisis Likely When Government Loses this Issue

N17

Monday, 10 January 2000
A New Kings Bay

  • Long Way from Train Pilot to Bondevik 
  • Situation Will be Compared With Kings Bay 1963 
  • Politicians Fooling Themselves Because of Ideology?

N18

Monday, 10 January 2000
Back to the Future

  • Government Signals Important Tax Improvements 
  • Overture to a Renewed Alliance with the Right?

N19

Wednesday, 12 January 2000
A New Political Structure

  • Strong Movements in First 2000 Opinion Survey 
  • How May Parties Respond to New Trends? 
  • A Stable Non-Socialist Coalition Post-2001 Within Reach 

N20

Friday, 21 January 2000
Government Decides Its Own Fate

  • If Government Resigns, it Will be Over Gas Power

N21

Monday, 1 February 2000
Norway and Europe

  • Labour's New EU Efforts Not Void of Tactical Aspects 
  • Sensible to Secure Freedom of Action on EU Issue 
  • EU's Action Against Austria May Work Both Ways on Norwegian PublicOpinion

N22

Friday, 4 February 2000
Aker RGI Out of the Fog

  • Government Approves Røkke Buy-Up 
  • Legal Doubts Removed by Critics' Own Action 
  • Issue Puts Industry's Moral Rearmament in Perspective

N23

Thursday, 10 February 2000
Labour's Hurdle Track

  • Labour May Change to Stoltenberg, Immediate Gain Likely 
  • Inherent Political Conflicts Will Remain and Enforce Difficult Choices 
  • New Focus on Labour's History of Overt and Covert Power Abuse

N24

Friday, 11 February 2000
Change Without Aim

  • Stoltenberg to Share Power with Jagland 
  • No Political or Any Other Conditions Set by Stoltenberg 
  • Unpredictability Will Continue 
  • Stoltenberg's Advantages and Appeal Likely to Erode By Time 
  • Unlikely that Stoltenberg will Lead Labour to Liberal Policies

N25

Monday, 14 February 2000
End of Protest Party

  • Progress Party Wants to Become "Responsible" 
  • Invites All Non-Socialists to Broad Government Coalition

N26

Wednesday, 16 February 2000
Psychological War is On

  • Government Spokesmen Prepare for Ultimatum to Parliament 
  • Opposition Parties Prepare Protection Against Ultimatum 
  • Progress Party May Sit With One of Several Possible Keys to Government's Survival

N27

Thursday, 17 February 2000
Escape Routes Closing - and Opening

  • Majority Determined to Allow Gas Power Now 
  • Government Parties Stepping Up Rethoric, Difficult to Climb Down 
  • New Compromise Offered: Make Gas Power Companies Pay 
  • Bondevik's Final Escape Options 
  • Climate Paradigms Anyway Significantly Weakened

N28

Monday, 21 February 2000
More Options Closing

  • Only Surrender Likely to Save Bondevik Now 
  • Government Party Grassroots and Gas Power Opponents say Government Should Stay in Office
  • Increased Labour Support Hurts all Non-Socialists 
  • Stoltenberg's Policy Priorities: Negative for Business and Taxpayers

N29

Tuesday, 22 February 2000
Even Odds for Jens

  • Two to One that Bondevik Will Resign over Gas Power 
  • Three to One that Stoltenberg Will Take Over After a Crisis 
  • Main Alternate Option: Redefine Principle of Parliamentarism 
  • Many Other Scenarios Possible, None Very Likely

N30

Friday, 25 February 2000
Majority Won't Send Bill to Tax-Payers

  • Labour not Tempted by Government Parties' Offer to Spend Billions to Solve Crisis 
  • Fornebu Issue to Re-enter Stage - as Proxy for Gas Power?

N31

Thursday, 2 March 2000
Energy White Paper Demolished

  • Majority for Gas Power as Expected 
  • Majority Opposes Energy Tax Hike 
  • Majority Wants to Use "Renewables Fund" for Hydro Power and Gas Grids 
  • Odds Still Favour Government Crisis, But Can Be Avoided

N32

Friday, 3 March 2000 
Gardermoen, Fornebu, Banks, Gas Power

  • Odds for Government's Survival Slightly Improving 
  • Fornebu Majority Ally Circumvents Government On Deal With State Utility 
  • Committee Spokesman Says Gardermoen Decision May Have Been Illegally Manipulated 
  • Labour Says No To Giant Bank Merger 
  • Centre Party Regional Leaders Say Government Should Accept Gas Power Defeat 

N33

Tuesday, 7 March, 2000
First Hurdle Overcome

  • Government Will Survive Until Thursday
  • Consequences of Gas Power Decision Still Uncertain

N34

Wednesday, 8 March, 2000
Bondevik May Have Done It Again

  • Ministry of Justice to Bondevik's Rescue
  • Odds for Government's Survival Now High
  • Labour's Past Its Worst Enemy: Pollution Act a Strait Jacket
  • Progress Party May Jump off in Effort to Save Government
  • Pollution Act May Have to be Amended

N35

Thursday, 9 March, 2000
End Gambit

  • Majority Opens for Amendment of Pollution Act
  • Legal Memo Neutralised, Bondevik's Odds Changing Again
  • Next Move is Bondevik's - We Have a Good Suggestion; Will he See It?

N36

Friday, 10 March, 2000
Stoltenberg Soon In Office

  • Stoltenberg to Become Premier With No Non-Socialist Discussions
  • Centrist Parties Have Turned Down Conservative Invitation
  • Centre to Try to Remain as Unified Block, Will Disintegrate in Practise
  • Path to New Power for All Non-Socialists Through Broader AlliancesOnly
  • Why Labour and Conservatives Could Not Vote for Bondevik's Escape Motion

N37

Tuesday, 14 March, 2000
Waiting for Jens

  • Stoltenberg Government Takes Office on Friday
  • Non-Socialists Positioning for 2001
  • Last Kind Regard from Nationalist Minister

N38

Monday, 20 March, 2000
A Normal Labour Government

  • Like Former Labour Governments, Perhaps Slightly More Moderate
  • Mapping Labour's Factions In Government And In General
  • Internal Problems More Important, Easy To Deal With Parliament
  • Conservatives Punished for Crisis, Demands for Leadership Change

N39

Friday, 24 March, 2000
Major Problems for Conservatives

  • Conservatives End Up With Blame for Bondevik's Fall
  • Public Opinion Turns Against Conservative Leader
  • Irony: Result of More, But Not Enough Courage
  • Conservatives Pay For Legitimisation of Progress Party

N40

Wednesday, 27 April, 2000
What Future For LO?

  • High Risk of Major Strike, Won't Last Long
  • Offshore Sector Not Included Unless Strike Lasts a Month
  • Fundamental Norwegian Labour Market Paradigms Challenged
  • Two Scenarios for Long Term Change

N41

Tuesday, 2 May, 2000
Moral Bankruptcy

  • Do Strikers Want Egalitarianism - Or Fair Reward?
  • Why Can't Politicians and Business Leaders Make a Choice?
  • Employers' Statement Revealing for Core Nature of System

N42

Tuesday, 9 May, 2000
Antagonists With Common Destiny

  • Conservatives Ready to Fend for Themselves
  • Progress Party Trying to Dress Up for Good Society
  • Two Parties With Very Different Style, Not So Different Policy

N43

Tuesday, 9 May, 2000
Musical Money, Tune Deaf Politicians

  • Strike Ended This Morning; More Pay and Benefits
  • Interest Rates and Tax Will Eat It All Up
  • Politicians Quarrel But Not About Fundamental Issues

N44

Tuesday, 16 May, 2000
Too Much State

  • Welfare and Investment Cuts in Proposal for Budget Revision
  • Tough Job to Create Majority in Parliament
  • Too Large State Can't Solve Primary Responsibilities
  • Lack of System Efficiency Aggravates Cost Push

N45

Wednesday, 24 May, 2000
Statism's Failure

  • No Giant Bank Merger But Full Privatisation of Christiania Bank
  • No Merger Statoil-SDFI
  • Partial Privatisation of Statoil and Telenor
  • Will Adjustments to Reality Lead to True Understanding?

N46

Thursday, 25 May, 2000
Can Public Spending be Non-Inflationary?

  • Hospital Investment Cuts Seen As Irrational
  • Should Students Abroad be Compensated for Weak Currency?
  • Can Public Spending Be Non-Inflationary?

N47

Thursday, 8 June, 2000
Living Dinosaurs

  • What Happened to Labour's Party Discipline?

N48

Tuesday, 13 June, 2000
Plus Ca Change...

  • Dramatic Labour Losses on Opinion Surveys
  • Labour's Problems Independent of Individuals
  • Budget Alliance With Centrist Parties Broken; Trouble in the Autumn
  • The Easiest Way - to Defeat

N49

Monday, 31 July, 2000
Towards a New Purge?

  • Xenophobia Must Go If Progress Party is to Join Good Society
  • Will Carl I. Hagen Execute a New Purge?
  • Full Non-Socialist Reconciliation Labour's Worst Nightmare
  • Political Survey This Morning: Labour Only 6.1% Ahead of Hagen

N50

Friday, 4 August, 2000
Bondevik Again - for a Long Time?

  • Bondevik To Take Four New Years
  • Two Former Labour Ministers Illustrate Polarisation Within Labour
  • Two Current Ministers In Conflict Over Privatisation
  • A Bondevik Era After 2001?

N51

Wednesday, 16 August, 2000
A Pink Cat

  • Labour: A New "New Deal", Even Bigger This Time
  • Power Floating Back to Jagland?

N52

Wednesday, 16 August, 2000
Centre Party Preying on Labour's Left

  • Centre Party on Guard for Welfare State
  • Liberals Polishing its Own Profile
  • Hagen Argues Against Opening Door to EU

N53

Friday, 25 August, 2000
None, One or Two Taxes on Norwegian Owners?

  • Government Postpones Bank/Tele Privatisation
  • Assumed to Signal Tax on Dividends
  • New Tax for Old - Or Just a New?
  • Progress Party Breathing Down Labour's Neck

N54

Thursday, 31 August, 2000
The Final Let-Down

  • Progress Party Moving Ahead of Labour
  • Survival of Stoltenberg/Jagland Team Not a Certainty

N55

Monday, 4 September, 2000
Are Voters Stupid?

  • Voters Look Beyond Rhetoric
  • Hagen's Credibility As Bad or Good as Any Other's
  • A Free Idea for the Conservatives

N56

Wednesday, 6 September, 2000
Petroleum Tax Onshore?

  • Government Wants to Tax Dividends Twice
  • "Resource Rent Tax" Also When No Resource Rent?
  • Labour Now Trailing Progress Party By 4%

N57

Monday, 18 September, 2000
Preying on Inefficiency

  • Power Struggle in Orkla
  • Progress Party 34%, Labour 22-23%
  • "Raiders" and "White Knights" in Industry and Politics

N58

Thursday, 21 September, 2000
Fifty-fifty Again

  • Christians Eager to Get Back in Government
  • Liberal Leader More So, Says No to Budget Deal
  • But Centre Party Says Government Crisis is Undesirable

N59

Friday, 22 September, 2000
The Brilliant Nerd

  • Conservatives Present Draft Policy Platform
  • Everything is Right, So What's Wrong?

N60

Tuesday, 26 September, 2000
Passinga Milestone

  • Conservatives Open for Progress Party in Government
  • Condition: No More Harassment of Immigrants

N61

Monday, 9 October, 2000
A Red Budget

  • Budget Proposal Will Not Appeal to Voters
  • Inadequate Economic Theory Leading Policy Astray
  • Centrists Tempted to Take Revenge
  • Gas Power Finally Fully Acceptable, Complicating Budget Process

N62

Tuesday, 17 October, 2000
Libertarianism With Gaping Holes

  • Libertarian Platform Draft; Two Important Exceptions
  • Final Judgement Subject to Daily Political Practice

N63

Thursday, 19 October, 2000
Unlawful Safety

  • Gardermoen Airport Instructed Not to Pollute Subsoil Water

N64

Wednesday, 25 October, 2000
A Matter of Timing

  • Stoltenberg Tied to KGB Code Name, Declared Innocent
  • Same Procedure As When Jagland was Named in 1997

N65

Tuesday, 31 October, 2000
Skinning Us - or Us?

  • Labour/Centrist Negotiations Have Started
  • Centrist Parties Propose More Ordinary Tax or More VAT
  • Will Stoltenberg Call Bondevik's Bluff?
  • Will Enoksen Find Himself a Fall Guy?

N66

Monday, 20 November, 2000
The Profiler

  • Budget Deal Shifts Some of Burden From Business to Individuals
  • NHO: No Real Improvement Compared to Budget Proposal
  • Bondevik: It's Our Profile
  • Stoltenberg: It's Our, Too!

N67

Monday, 27 November, 2000
Fringe Fuss

  • Progress Party To Throw Out Xenophobes
  • Socialist Left Party Leader Tired of Internal Conflict

N68

Wednesday, 29 November, 2000
New Philosophies Required

  • Budget Compromise Confirmed
  • Norway Becoming Dangerously Unpredictable
  • The Main Economic-Political Camps and Their Shortcomings
  • What Philosophy to Carry Norway into the Knowledge Economy?

N69

Tuesday, 19 December, 2000
Boomerang

  • Coming Union Boss Wants to Discriminate Against Non-Members

N70

Friday, 22 December, 2000
Who’s the Meanest Dictator?

  • Stoltenberg Won't Go Voluntarily
  • Hagen and his Fringe: Gain or Loss?
  • Bondevik's Choices
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