Labour admits to ‘frustrating’ months

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norwegian Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre had to face an assembled press corps on Tuesday to deliver the traditional mid-year status report expected of all political parties. “It’s been a frustrating half-year,” Store admitted, in what arguably can be viewed as the ultimate understatement. Støre’s dream of becoming Norway’s prime minister currently […]

Oil minister avoids new rape probe

A state prosecutor has decided not to re-open an investigation of 18-year-old rape charges against Norwegian Oil Minister Terje Søviknes of the conservative Progress Party. Søviknes was thus spared the glare of a rape case, while the girl who was just 16 at the time claims she has been denied justice. The awkward case ended […]

Peace brokers gather in Oslo again

Some of the the world’s worst wars and crises were being discussed behind closed doors in Oslo this week, as peace brokers, diplomats and top politicians gathered once again at a relatively secluded hotel in the forest at Losby. The historic Losby Gods hotel and its golf course would provide the idyllic setting for this […]

US troop build-up raises tensions

Norwegian politicians from the ruling Conservative Party are offering different versions of why the US is suddenly using a base in Northern Norway for surveillance flights in the Arctic. Russian officials, meanwhile, have called build-ups of US troops and military equipment elsewhere in Norway “clearly unfriendly,” and threatened that it won’t occur “without consequences.” Announcements […]

Justice minister wants to re-arm police

UPDATED: Norway’s new justice minister, Tor Mikkel Wara of the Progress Party, is seeking permanent permission from Parliament to allow some police officers to be armed while on patrol in Oslo. He made the re-arming request to Parliament Thursday night, after a meeting with police during the day. The hastily called session was announced by […]

Accused spy’s appeal rejected

There was no joy for retired Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg in Moscow on Thursday, even as the city otherwise filled with enthusiastic football fans eager for the World Cup to get underway in Russia. Berg, charged with espionage shortly after arriving in Moscow himself last December, was met with more disappointment when a Moscow […]

Unrest plagues schools in Oslo

The looming summer holidays probably can’t come soon enough for teachers and city officials in the Oslo school system. After months of conflicts over unruly students, frustrated teachers, complaints over their alleged lack of freedom of expression and scathing criticism of the schools’ top administrator, the city goverment official in charge of it all is […]

Nearly 70 percent still oppose EU membership

A new public opinion poll shows that 67 percent of Norwegians would still vote “no” to membership in the European Union (EU) if a referendum were held today. The strong majority has remained stable at nearly 70 percent for several years. The poll, conducted by research firm Sentio for newspapers Nationen and Klassekampen, also showed […]

Ministers face security grilling

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and both her justice and defense ministers face a grilling by the Parliament’s disciplinary committee right after the summer holidays. They’ll be hit with lots of tough questions over why the government allegedly has failed to follow through on securing public buildings against terrorist attack. The committe called for a hearing […]

Government open to more US troops

The Norwegian government is clearing the way for many more US troops and pilots to be stationed on Norwegian soil and flying in and out of airfields at Rygge in the south and Andøya in the north. Critics were quick to blast plans that can double the number of American soldiers training with Norwegians in […]