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A High-Stakes Fight Is Brewing in Norway Over EU Relations

A view of Oslo at dusk. 

A view of Oslo at dusk. 

Photographer: Vidar Ruud/NTB/AFP/Getty Images

Kicking off the year in a T-shirt proclaiming that she “loves, loves the EEA,” Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide hinted at the high-stakes fight that’s brewing in Norway over its relationship with the European Union.

Soreide’s show of passion comes 25 years after Norway linked itself to the EU in a free-trade deal as part of the European Economic Area, a compromise solution after voters in a referendum rejected joining the bloc.