Police won’t probe harassment at Sp

Police in Western Norway claim they don’t have the time or resources needed to try to find out who sent a sexually explicit and highly offensive text message to the former female leader of the Center Party (Senterpartiet, Sp). Police also noted that party officials themselves failed to report the harassment when it first occurred […]

Trygve gets tough with Sp’s ‘bad boys’

Faced with a torrent of criticism for displaying poor leadership, Trygve Slagsvold Vedum is now talking tough as head of the nationally embarrassed Center Party (Senterpartiet, Sp). He’s vowing to report eight of the party’s top male politicians to the police, plus two others, if none of them admits by Wednesday to sending an obscene […]

Conservatives ban the ‘nachspiel’

Norway’s Conservative Party is holding its annual national meeting (landsmøte) this weekend, without one potentially troublesome feature: the notorious nachspiel. They’re the late-night parties-after-the-party, and the Conservatives have found it necessary to crack down on them. They’ll also be serving less alcoholic beverages during the weekend, when around 700 party members are gathered at a […]

Threats on the rise against politicians

Fully two of every five politicians in Norway have found themselves the targets of threats so serious that police have needed to launch investigations and offer protection. Liberal Party leader Trine Skei Grande has been open about the threats against her, while  a study released earlier this month shows that even death threats are not […]

More politicians in trouble over sex

UPDATED: A high-ranking Member of Parliament for the Progress Party withdrew from all his positions on Wednesday, five years after he sent hard-core pornographic photos to young male party members in his home community in Østfold. A former local politician for the Christian Democrats in Hordaland, meanwhile, pleaded guilty this week to having sex with […]

Labour ‘relieves’ Giske of his duties

The Norwegian Labour Party’s New Year is beginning where the old one ended, in crisis. Even before Labour bosses gathered for an emergency meeting on Tuesday, to decide how to handle sexual harassment complaints against their deputy leader Trond Giske, Giske had already been “relieved” of his duties. Now he’s fighting back. Labour Party leader […]