In the recent
elections in Norway the Norwegian working class did not vote for
this or that party, or this or that electoral alliance. It voted against unemployment,
against cutbacks and against privatisation of public welfare. The
amazing thing is that although Norway is a debt-free country we have the same policies of
cuts in welfare and attacks on working conditions as everywhere else in the world.
In the recent Norwegian elections the right-wing
Bondevik government suffered a devastating defeat. Now the left parties have a
chance to offer an alternative. The problem is that the Norwegian Social
Democracy is dominated by a Blairite pro-business leadership. The workers voted
for change but will they get it?
greater instability in Germany than ever before in post-war
history. Both big parties, the Social Democrats
(SPD) and Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) lost considerably. The virtual deadlock
is caused by the fact that after a short and very polarised election campaign
both camps failed to get anywhere near a majority of seats.