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Anti-EU campaigners take hard line

The organisation "No to EU" - which opposes Norwegian membership in the European Union - voted at its annual general meeting to intensify its battle against the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement as well.

Members of the EEA, including Norway, have most of the trade benefits and responsibilities that EU members have, but they have no direct say in the formulation of EU policies. Despite the vote, "No to EU" remains split on the EEA issue. Some members fear that withdrawing from the agreement would isolate Norway unacceptably.