Security issues hit Solberg’s coalition

NEWS ANALYSIS: The past few week’s political storm over errant government minister Per Sandberg was dying down on Tuesday, but leaving lots of damage in its wake. Opposition politicians are milking it for all its worth, as they seem to seek new ways to topple Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s conservative government coalition. Solberg rode out […]

Political battles move to Arendal

The usually peaceful coastal town of Arendal in Southern Norway was once again becoming the scene of lively debate this week, as thousands of politicians, social activists, business leaders, labour and non-governmental organizations gather for the annual event known as “Arendalsuka.” This year’s gathering is especially timely, with a resurgent Labour Party suddenly on the […]

Progress veteran replaces Sandberg

UPDATED: Harald Tom Nesvik, a Progress Party veteran with 20 years of experience in Parliament, was officially appointed by King Harald V on Monday to take over as Norway’s fisheries minister. Nesvik replaces the embattled Per Sandberg, who lost support within his own party as well as the government itself over a holiday trip to […]

PST investigates minister’s partner

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) was reporting Friday evening that Norway’s police intelligence agency PST was now investigating the background of Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg’s new romantic partner Bahareh Letnes, and any ties she may have to the Iranian regime. It’s the latest development in the ongoing drama around the 58-year-old veteran politician for the conservative Progress […]

Pressure grows on errant minister

The political future of the Progress Party’s Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg was in grave doubt heading into the weekend, as the list of his recent offenses continued to grow. Prime Minister Erna Solberg was also under enormous pressure from Parliament to replace him. Sandberg survived replacement at Friday’s weekly Council of State, the formal meeting […]

Christian Democrats attack free heroin plan

Norwegian Health Minister Bent Høie of the Conservative Party is planning to launch a pilot program aimed at saving the lives of drug addicts by simply providing them with free heroin. The Christian Democrats were quick to attack the plan, equating it to giving up on efforts for rehabilitation. “It’s sad if people addicted to […]

Ministry mum on Israeli outburst

Norway’s foreign ministry wasn’t commenting on reports in an Israeli newspaper that the country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, sharply reprimanded Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide during her visit to Jerusalem earlier this week. The newspaper Hayom reported that Netanyahu was upset by what he considers Norwegian meddling in the Israeli court system, through the […]

Utøya aid sought as Labour toughens up

Norway’s Stoltenberg family was grateful for all the flowers and impressive attendance at Labour Party patriarch Thorvald Stoltenberg’s funeral last week, but they suggested another memorial gift as well: financial donations to a democracy project on the island of Utøya, where 69 young Labour supporters were murdered seven years ago. Jens Stoltenberg was also back […]

Minister broke more government rules

A political storm continued to swirl around Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg through the weekend. Now he admits that he took his government-issued mobile phone with him not only on his highly controversial summer holiday trip to Iran, but also to China this past spring. Several of his conservative Progress Party colleagues are as angry with […]

Farmers appeal to Solberg for help

Apparently not satisfied with the public assistance already offered by Norway’s agriculture minister, the country’s two largest farming organizations have now “invited” Prime Minister Erna Solberg to visit farms stricken by the recent drought. They want her to see their “crisis” first-hand herself. “Many of our members are now in despair,” said Lars Petter Bartnes, […]