AUF leader lands in trouble

Mani Hussaini, new AUF leader

Mani Hussaini, the leader of the Labour Party’s youth organization AUF, landed in a heap of trouble this week after referring to Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug as the equivalent of a cranky old hag. Now Listhaug, in an ironic twist, has come to his defense. It all started during the May Day labour celebrations on […]

Erik Solheim confirmed for UN post

Erik Solheim

UPDATED: Norway’s former government minister for the environment is set to become chief of the entire world’s environmental program. As newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported on Monday, Solheim will take over as head of the United Nations’ Environment Programme (UNEP), with the title of “executive director.” The appointment was confirmed on Tuesday by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Solheim […]

Telenor chair backs Brekke

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Gunn Wærsted, who recently took over as board chair of Telenor, was harsh in her criticism of Telenor’s former leadership but says she has confidence in new CEO Sigve Brekke, even though he was found to have embellished his resumé. “That hasn’t been a theme at any of the board meetings since I took over […]

Telenor’s ex-CEO defends his record

Baksaas, Telenor

Jon Fredrik Baksaas came back swinging over the weekend, after an internal investigation into his years as chief executive of Telenor uncovered weak leadership. “I have not shown poor judgment,” Baksaas insisted to newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) on Saturday, while a professor countered that he has indeed. “It must be the definition of chronically poor […]

Listhaug draws praise, ridicule

Sylvi Listhaug

NEWS ANALYSIS: She’s been called Norway’s equivalent of Donald Trump and been bashed for her tough treatment of both Norwegian farmers and, more recently, refugees. Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug also, however, won unexpected praise from refugee advocates on Monday and a standing ovation at her political party’s annual meeting over the weekend. One thing is clear: Listhaug […]

Tesla founder thanks Norway

Elon Musk, Tesla

Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of the highly successful US-based Tesla Motors, was back in Norway this week and full of appreciation for how Norwegian officials have sparked demand for electric cars. He called Norway a “pioneer” in the electric car revolution. Norway has “shown the world” how to introduce electric cars on a large scale, Musk told […]

Isaksen admits to poor regulation of Westerdals

Torbjørn Røe Isaksen

Norwegian Education Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen was probably looking forward to the weekend after a rough week in Parliament. He had to answer for how and why the state granted millions in state funding to the private school Westerdals, which didn’t qualify for it. Isaksen was among those grilled at a parliamentary hearing on the […]

Solberg among those mourning Prince

Erna Solberg

UPDATED: Prime Minister Erna Solberg was among Norwegian fans mourning the death of artist and musician Prince on Friday. She said she played Prince’s music at her own wedding, and joined others from Crown Princess Mette-Marit to Norwegian hotel king Petter Stordalen in paying tribute to the man described as “a cultural icon” by US President […]

Liberals dream of reshuffling coalition

Trine Skei Grande

NEWS ANALYSIS: Liberal Party leader Trine Skei Grande launched her dream of rearranging the members of Norway’s ruling government coalition while the leaders of both coalition parties were out of the country last weekend. Grande wants her party to replace the conservative Progress Party in government, but her plan turned out to be just a bit too grand. […]

Krekar demands state compensation

Mullah Krekar

Najumuddin Faraj Ahmad, better known as the controversial Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar, is suing the Norwegian state for NOK 200,000 (around USD 25,000). He claims he’s owed compensation after being held in custody for nine months pending appeal of a conviction that resulted in an acquittal. An appeals court acquitted him last month of charges […]