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The appreciation towards Jens Stoltenberg seemed to have sheltered the Centre-Left from all the temptations offered to the Norwegians by the opposition, as the promise of easing the tax burden: things have turned out differently, more and more people have ascribed the economic prosperity enjoyed during the two terms of office (from 2005 to present) to events such as the new oil extractions in the Barents Sea or to the new reserves in the North Sea.
One of Angela Merkel’s favourite — and most effective — claims is that the economy is “performing quite exceptionally, particularly so as this happens against the backdrop of the euro crisis”. And since external and fiscal surpluses are allowing the nation to enjoy record low unemployment with a high purchasing power, it comes as no surprise that most Germans will agree with her.