Difficult debut for Støre’s government

True to tradition despite a new national trauma, Norway’s new Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and his coalition partner Trygve Slagsvold Vedum strode out of the Royal Palace in Oslo Thursday afternoon. They’re ready to assume government power but Støre immediately acknowledged that the government was taking over at a difficult time, right after Wednesday […]

‘We agree we can form a government’

Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre and Center Party leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum could finally walk out of a hotel north of Oslo and announce Friday afternoon that they’d agreed on a government platform. “Our message is that we are ready to form a new goverment next Thursday,” Støre told reporters. “We have finished many […]

Christian Democrats may be resurrected

Norway’s deeply troubled Christian Democrats Party became a shadow of its former self in the recent election, winning just 3.8 percent of the vote and only three seats in Parliament. The party may, however, find that a new Labour-Center government can be an interesting partner and path to revival. The Christian Democrats, under former leader […]

Government talks resume in Hurdal

Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre is meeting again this week with his Center Party counterpart, Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, in an effort to form a new left-center government. Støre claimed upon arriving at their hotel in Hurdal Monday morning that they’ve already settled many issues and aim to start working on a platform document. “A […]

It’s business as usual for Norway’s oil

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s new prospective leaders have already reinforced the country’s image as a wealthy oil nation with no intention of halting the flow of its own riches to save the climate. Economic growth appears once again to be much more important than tackling climate change, even as another UN climate summit looms later this […]

Oil polluted talks for a new government

Norway’s Socialist Left party (SV) has pulled out of talks to form a new majority left-center government, after the Labour and Center parties refused to alter their pro-oil policy or accept SV’s proposals for lower emissions, protection of the environment and stricter tax policy. It’s a big defeat for Labour leader Jonas Gahr Støre, who […]

Støre optimistic as coalition talks begin

Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre will be eagerly heading for a hotel north of Oslo on Thursday with the Center- and Socialist Left (SV) party leaders. Both accepted his invitation to “exploratory talks” about forming a new left-center government, and Støre seems convinced “we share much more than that which divides us.” Together they’d […]

Politicians caught exploiting benefits

Norwegian voters’ longstanding confidence in their elected officials is being put to the test, just a week after the parliamentary election. Several Members of Parliament have been caught exploiting generous state benefits, none moreso than Kjell Ingolf Ropstad, who felt compelled to resign over the weekend as both a government minister and leader of the […]

Smooth transfer of power looms

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, leader of Norway’s Conservatives, was winning kudos this week for quickly congratulating Jonas Gahr Støre after his Labour Party won the most votes of any other party in Monday’s national election. He in turn thanked her publicly for leading the country for the past eight years, and then praised her leadership. […]

Small protest party wins seat in Parliament

A small party formed just a few months with the sole purpose of getting the state to build a hospital in the northern city of Alta managed to win a seat in Parliament in Monday’s election. The party’s founder was as surprised as anyone. Irene Ojala started gathering signatures for her prospective party, called Pasientfokus […]