What are Norway’s politicians saying about the US election?

With the general election in the United States on a knife edge, what are Norway’s leading politicians saying about the situation in the US?

What are Norway’s politicians saying about the US election?
Norway's Foreign minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide. File photo: AFP

The government has said it has planned for both eventualities: a win for incumbent Donald Trump or challenger Joe Biden.

“Our call to both candidates is to contribute to reconciliation after an election campaign which was very tense and unusual, and influenced by the serious impact of the epidemic on the United States,” foreign minister Ine Eriksen Søreide told NRK.

The minister said she awaits all states to finish counting votes and trusts claims of election fraud will be dealt with democratically.

“We have planned for both outcomes, either a new Trump term or a Biden term. The United States has 200 years of history in having democratic elections. I have confidence that the institutions will ensure this will happen again,” she said.

Guri Melby, leader of the Liberal (Venstre) party, a junior partner in the coalition government, said that America needs politicians who can heal rifts in the country’s society.

“We must hope that we get politicians in the White House and in the Senate who have more of an ability to build bridges and create cooperation,” Melby said to NRK.

Opposition Labour party leader Jonas Gahr Støre, a former foreign minister, said that Biden would be the candidate most beneficial for Norway.

“Trump’s view of international cooperation has been in great contrast to what have traditionally been Norwegian views. We don’t know how he’d see this in a new term. Biden is known from previous times but must also manage a new USA and world. For Norway, it’s important to have as predictable a relationship to the USA as possible,” Støre said.

Audun Lysbakken, leader of the left wing party Socialist Left (SV), called for Norway to distance itself from the United States.

“These years with Trump, and also the outlook for an election in which he is, at any rate, close to re-election, are a clear sign that we must think again in Norway. We can’t be as dependent on the USA as we are today,” Lysbakken said to NRK.

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PM Sanchez hails Biden win as good for Spain and EU

Spain's prime minister on Tuesday hailed Joe Biden's presidential election win in the United States, saying it was "very good news for Spain and the European Union".

PM Sanchez hails Biden win as good for Spain and EU
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The Democrat, who is to replace Republican Donald Trump as US president in January, is seen as more sympathetic to Europe and more of a multilateralist on trade and international affairs.

“I think this is very good news for Spain and the European Union after four complex and difficult years which we have had with the outgoing (Trump) administration,” said Pedro Sanchez during a debate in the Senate when asked about the outcome of the US election.   

The socialist prime minister recalled that Trump had “raised tariffs which affected important sectors of our economy such as the agro-industry”.   

“We are all very aware of what happened during the last four years.. with respect to the European Union,” Sanchez said.

As the world's largest olive and olive oil producing country, Spain was hit hard when Washington imposed duties of around 35 percent on black Spanish olives in 2018 after saying they were being sold too cheaply and benefited from unfair subsidies that hurt US producers.   

The Trump administration also imposed stiff import tariffs on several other European agricultural products, including Spanish olive oil, wine and cheese, in a long-running spat over subsidies to planemaker Airbus.

In addition, Washington slapped tariffs on EU steel and aluminium and constantly waved a threat of levies against Germany's world-leading auto industry.

Sanchez had tweeted his congratulations when Biden's victory became apparent.