Turkey backs away from expelling diplomats

Turkey’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has withdrawn his threat of expelling several ambassadors including Norway’s Erling Skjønsberg, after they’d urged the release of Erdogan critic Osman Kavala from prison. The diplomats stressed this week that they weren’t interfering in Turkey’s internal affairs, only urging respect for democratic standards and the rule of law. Erdogan […]

Ambassador rebuked in Turkey

Norway’s Embassy in Turkey has been scolded and its ambassador among those called in for a rebuke by the Turkish government on Tuesday. His offense was the Norwegian Embassy’s participation in a demonstration, along with nine other embassies in Ankara, against Turkey’s imprisonment of government critic Osman Kavala. Ambassador Erling Skjønsberg and the nine others […]

UD broke rules with its funding of IPI

UPDATED: Norway’s state auditor general is strongly criticizing Norway’s foreign ministry (Utenriksdepartementet, UD) over its own largely uncritical funding of the International Peace Institute (IPI) in New York. IPI was until recently run by Terje Rød-Larsen, UD’s own former diplomat, who had to resign in disgrace because of his and IPI’s connections to the late […]

Norway relieved over ceasefire

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide was on national radio Friday morning, expressing relief that the Israelis and Palestinians had finally gone along with a ceasefire after 11 days of what she called “intense” fighting. Norway has a long history of trying to end the constant conflicts between the two sides, with little […]

Famed diplomat resigns in shame

Terje Rød-Larsen has long been one of Norway’s most well-known diplomats, not least for his large global network of people in powerful positions. Now, after being publicly scolded by the former prime minister of Australia, he’s had to resign as head of the International Peace Institute (IPI) in New York for failing to inform its board […]

Diplomat questioned over Epstein ties

Norway’s foreign ministry has joined those questioning the ties that one of its most well-known former diplomats, Terje Rød-Larsen, had to disgraced financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The ministry funded Rød-Larsen’s New York-based think tank for years, and now that’s also being examined by Norway’s state auditor general. The controversy swirling around Rød-Larsen […]

Hungary lashes out at the Nordics

Norway’s ambassador to Hungary was called in for a rebuke on Monday, along with his diplomatic colleagues from all the other Nordic countries. Hungary’s controversial prime minister Viktor Orbán is not at all happy that all the Nordic foreign ministers have sent a message of concern about his authoritarian government to the Council of Europe. […]

Norway won’t give up on Venezuela

The parties involved failed to reach any agreement, but Norway’s foreign ministry isn’t giving up efforts to resolve the political, social and economic crisis in Venezuela. Embattled President Nicolas Maduro seemed proud  of having a dialogue with the opposition. The three sides had differing accounts of the latest round of talks in Oslo this week. […]

Venezuelan talks to resume in Oslo

Norway’s foreign ministry announced during the weekend that it will host new talks aimed at resolving the conflicts that have turned Venezuela into what some experts now consider a “lawless country.” Representatives for both sides later confirmed their presence. The ministry, which already has hosted talks aimed at resolving the conflicts, announced that the main […]

Ministry now confirms Venezuelan talks

Norway’s foreign ministry has confirmed widespread reports earlier this week that it’s involved in efforts to resolve the political and economic crisis in Venezuela. “Norway announces that it has had preliminary contacts with representatives of the main political actors in Venezuela, as part of an exploratory phase,” read the statement issued Friday morning, on Norway’s […]