People focus towards the West

Prime Minister Erna SolbergPrime Minister Erna Solberg.Photo : Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB scanpix

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Erna Solberg is not as pessimistic as others on behalf of the West as the report that recently launched the concept of “Westlessness”. People still want to move to the West, she points out.

The prime minister took part in a debate of “ Westlessness” finding solutions in the West, this past Thursday. The term indicates the idea that the West is no longer a viable place to move too.

Oxford professor Timothy Garton Ash led the debate, which is part of the Munich Security Conference. He asked why the West as a concept has been gradually weakened in recent decades, but the prime minister argued that, that was a wrong statement with the very premise of the issue.

– “I’m not that pessimistic. Look at what people are doing. Where are they moving? What communities do they want to live in? The migration waves are moving towards the West,” she said.

“We see that autocratic societies are gaining more power, but people are still seeking societies with Western values. So, the question must be how we can hone in on those values and make sure that they are inclusive,” Solberg explained.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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