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 […]

Norway ‘brokering Venezuelan talks’

Norway’s foreign ministry refused official comment, but Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) and other media are reporting that representatives for both Venezuela’s Maduro government and the opposition have been meeting “on Norwegian soil” this week for the second time. Norwegian foreign affairs experts don’t think Nicolas Maduro will remain as sitting president much longer. “It’s impossible to […]

Norway may broker Venezuelan crisis

Speculation is rising that Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide and her diplomats are involved in efforts to broker a solution to the political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The Norwegian government has been criticized for refusing to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s new president, but may have needed to remain impartial. […]

Diplomatic dispute hits ‘Barnevernet’

A diplomatic dispute that’s erupted between Norway and Poland is expected to force new debate over Norway’s child protection agency (Barnevernet), which itself has been embroiled in conflicts for years. One foreign policy expert calls the current diplomatic stand-off “spectacular,” and said it can be relevant for all foreign families living in Norway. The dispute resulted […]

Norway and Poland in diplomatic duel

Years of new and rising tension between Norway and Poland seemed to reach the boiling point this week, after Norway expelled Poland’s consul and Poland responded by ousting one of Norway’s diplomats. It’s the latest trouble to emerge between allies within the European Economic Association (EEA), the EU and NATO. Norway and Poland have been […]

‘Super diplomat’ heads for Syria

Geir O Pedersen is known as a “super diplomat” from Norway with high standing at the United Nations. It’s therefore no great surprise that he’d be tapped to become UN Secretary General António Guterres’ Special Envoy for Syria. The UN announced that Pedersen “brings to this position decades of political and diplomatic experience.” In addition […]