Police boost preparedness

Police departments all over Norway are raising their levels of preparedness to the so-called Alfa level. All police officers have been told to be on the alert to hinder espionage in advance of this autumn’s largest NATO exercise ever. More than 40,000 soldiers and support staff from more than 30 countries will be in Norway […]

Stoltenberg wins praise amidst grief

The man who guided Norway through its worst crisis since World War II is now doing the same as leader of the world’s biggest defense alliance. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has won praise for how he’s tackled quarreling NATO members, also while dealing with his own personal grief. It’s been another challenging week for […]

Trump may push Norway into the EU

Norwegians on both ends of the political spectrum are suddenly starting to speak seriously about the need for a new public discussion about joining the European Union (EU). Top politicians from both the ruling Conservatives and Labour, experts on defense and US relations, and even editorial writers from traditionally anti-EU media think that US President […]

Trump retreats but uncertainty reigns

NEWS ANALYSIS: “Confidence in the US sinks just about every time Trump opens his mouth,” said former two-term Norwegian prime minister Kjell Magne Bondevik on Wednesday. He was among many “upset and uneasy” in Norway after US President Donald Trump’s shocking sweep through Europe last week, which left “scars” another former foreign minister predicts will […]

Mattis mended ties after NATO Summit

Helicopters whirled over Oslo Friday evening and Saturday morning, when the US’ Secretary of Defense James Mattis showed up for a short visit that wasn’t made public until after he’d arrived. He praised Norway’s defense contributions to NATO, in what appeared to be an attempt to make up for his US president’s harsh criticism of […]

NATO Summit drew to a confusing end

UPDATED: Norway’s delegation to the NATO Summit in Brussels could smile at least a bit more broadly after all allied heads of state, including US President Donald Trump, formally agreed on what they’d set out to do. Confusion reigned, however, after Trump claimed he’d successfully demanded more defense spending at an unscheduled meeting Thursday morning, […]

Stoltenberg tested as NATO drama began

UPDATED: The leadership of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian prime minister, was already being put to the test Wednesday morning, when US President Donald Trump fired off a verbal attack on his own NATO ally, Germany. Trump also put Stoltenberg on the spot, in claiming that Germany was “totally under the control of […]

‘Trump’s tweets won’t run meeting’

Prime Minister Erna Solberg arrived in Brussels Tuesday evening for this week’s NATO Summit, and it didn’t take long for US Donald Trump to shake things up. She claimed, though, that neither he nor his provocative comments on Twitter would direct the meeting. She admitted there was “no doubt” that Trump’s rhetoric at a breakfast […]

Norway goes wrong way on NATO goal

Norway generally gets good marks for its NATO participation, but new statistics show its defense spending is not on course towards the defense alliance’s agreed spending goal. As the leaders of NATO countries gather in Brussels on Wednesday, Norway’s top politicians will need to be on the defense themselves. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Defense Minister […]

Russians fire back at defense chief

Officials at the Russian Embassy in Oslo are none too pleased that Norway’s defense chief, Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, thinks Russia is getting “far more assertive.” After first declining comment, they’re now accusing Bruun-Hanssen of being behind a “primitive, anti-Russian propaganda machine.” In special summer radio interview aired nationwide on Thursday by state broadcaster NRK, Bruun-Hanssen […]